This introductory chapter serves as a motivation for the remainder of the book. In particular, we illustrate the type of matrices that we focus on (but are not limited to) and describe the need for methods for fast solution of associated linear systems of equations. In particular, this chapter provides a brief finite element tutorial focusing on a matrix-vector presentation.


Nonzero Entry Sparse Matrix Element Matrice Interpolation Matrix Element Topology 
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