To Conserve or Not
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The mathematical formulation of fluid dynamics is based on a conservation of mass, momentum and energy. Because of this fact, there is a strong motivation to preserve these conservation properties when making numerical approximations. In practice, however, there are many situations where adherence to strict conservation principals is not a good idea. An understanding of those situations provides good insight into the subtleties of numerical approximation. Three examples will serve to illustrate this point.