Math 596: Finite element methods (Spring, 2020)

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Professor Youngjoon Hong:

Email: yhong2 AT sdsu DOT edu
Office hours: TTH 9:30am-10:30am at GMCS 578.


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Course Description:

The Finite Element Method is a powerful engineering analysis tool, and has been widely used in engineering since it was introduced in the 1950s. This course presents the basic theory and simple application of the Finite Element Method (FEM) along with the common FEM terminology. The emphasis of this course is the fundamental concepts of finite element analysis. A basic programming technique is also presented in this course along with their features and capabilities. This course includes several homeworks and final project, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.


Course Prerequisites:

Math 254, Math 330, and Math 337, or consent of instructor.

Course Outline:

  • Some model PDEs.
  • The weak form of BVP.
  • The Galerkin method.
  • Piecewise polynomials and the FEM.
  • Convergence of the FEM.
  • Mesh data structure.
  • Programming the FEM.
  • Solving the finite element equations and applications.

    Recommended Textbooks:

      "Understanding and Implementing the Finite Element Method" by Mark Gockenbach

    Students with Disabilities:

    If you are a student with a disability and believe you will need accommodations for this class, it is your responsibility to contact Student Ability Success Center (SASC) at (619)594-6473. To avoid any delay, please contact Student Ability Success Center as soon as possible. Please note that accommodations are not retroactive, and cannot be provided until an accommodation letter from SASC is received by the Professor.