The Finite Element Method

Craig Chapman

Friday 20th February, 2009 16:00-17:00 Mathematics Building, room 516


The Finite Element Method represents a corner stone of modern mathematical and engineering based modelling. Having been originally developed by engineers to solve complicated structural and elasticity problems, the method has subsequently been widely studied by both mathematicians and engineers alike. Implementation of the method can often be carried out by one of many freely available commercial packages. However, where does the underlying mathematical theory stand? It is the answer to this question that I plan to discuss in this talk. No prerequisites.

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