An efficient numerical method is developed for the numerical solution of non-linear wave equations typified by the regularized long wave equation (RLW) and its generalization (GRLW). The method developed uses a pseudo-spectral (Fourier transform) treatment of the space dependence together with a linearized implicit scheme in time. An important advantage to be gained from the use of this method, is the ability to vary the mesh length, thereby reducing the computational time. Using a linearized stability analysis, it is shown that the proposed method is unconditionally stable. The method is second order in time and all-order in space. The method presented here is for the RLW equation and its generalized form, but it can be implemented to a broad class of non-linear long wave equations, with obvious changes in the various formulae. Test problems, including the simulation of a single soliton and interaction of solitary waves, are used to validate the method, which is found to be accurate and efficient. The three invariants of the motion are evaluated to determine the conservation properties of the algorithm
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