Sains Malaysiana, 2016;45:1747-1754.


In this article, the general form of Runge-Kutta method for directly solving a special fourth- order ordinary differential
equations denoted as RKFD method is given. The order conditions up to order seven are derived, based on the order
conditions, we construct a new explicit four-stage sixth-order RKFD method denoted as RKFD6 method. Zero-stability of
the method is proven. Comparisons are made using the existing Runge–Kutta methods after the problems are reduced
to a system of first order ordinary differential equations. Numerical results are presented to illustrate the efficiency and
competency of the new method.