Introduction to Finite Element Discretization

  • Hans Petter Langtangen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering book series (LNCSE, volume 2)


The finite element method is a flexible numerical approach for solving partial differential equations. One of the most attractive features of the method is the straightforward handling of geometrically complicated domains. It is also easy to construct higher-order approximations. The present chapter gives an introduction to the basic ideas of finite elements and associated computational algorithms. No previous knowledge of the method is assumed.


Mass Matrix Linear Element Element Matrice Finite Element Discretization Quadratic Element 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Petter Langtangen
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  1. 1.Mechanics Division, Department of MathematicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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