### finite element method

**(FEM, FEA, finite element analysis)**
(computational method for PDEs suited to physical problems)

**Finite element method** (**FEM**) refers to a means of calculating
solutions to partial differential equations which is suited to a number
of types of physical problems including fluid dynamics.
They have been in development since the 1950s, originally
for engineering problems.

The finite element method involves breaking the modeled
phenomena (e.g., a field) into parts with flat sides,
straight edges, and corners (nodes), and generates a set
of simultaneous algebraic equations that indicate the
field values at the nodes and interpolate to estimate
other values.

(*mathematics,physics,computation,fluid dynamics*)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite_element_method

http://web.mit.edu/16.810/www/16.810_L4_CAE.pdf

**Referenced by:**

basis function

discontinuous Galerkin method

numerical analysis

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