Math 574 - The Finite Element Method - Spring 2006

Spring 2006 - TR 9:40-10:55 - Ayres 316

Course Information:

This course is an introduction to the Finite Element Method (FEM) for solving partial differential equations. The main focus of the course will be the mathematical theory for FEM, however, a significant portion of the course will cover computer implementation of the method.

The ideal background for a student wanting to get the most out of this course would include an understanding of numerical analysis (e.g. Math 471) and numerical linear algebra (e.g. Math 472 or 571), a knowledge of partial differential equations (e.g. Math 453, 512 or 535-6), some mathematical maturity (e.g. a course in analysis), and programming experience. The minimum requirments would be some knowledge of PDEs and numerical methods, a good background in calculus and some programming experience.



The FEM breaks the solution process into several manageable pieces and so to learn the FEM you'll need to have a chance to practice working with those pieces. This will be done in the homework. You also need practice putting all the pieces together and actually seeing how the method works. This will be done in the projects.


Charles Collins
312B Ayres Hall
974-4269 or 974-2461

Office Hours: M 3-4, TR 11-12
Last Modified: January 12, 2006