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Course module: NWI-WM303
NWI-WM303
Finite Element Methods
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-WM303
Credits (ECTS)6
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University Nijmegen; Faculty of Science; Wiskunde, Natuur- en Sterrenkunde;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. V. Nikolic
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Lecturer
dr. V. Nikolic
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Contactperson for the course
dr. V. Nikolic
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Examiner
dr. V. Nikolic
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Academic year2022
Period
KW1-KW2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
KW1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

At the end of the course, 
  • You will be able to construct and use finite elements to solve partial differential equations.
  • You will be able to analyze finite element solutions in terms of their stability, convergence, and approximation properties.
  •  You will be able to convert a finite element algorithm into a well-designed code. You will know how to test (verify) a numerical simulation code.
Content
Partial differential equations (PDEs) describe the laws of nature around us. They appear as mathematical models in a wide variety of physical contexts, from the evolution of heat over time to the fluid dynamics, and the propagation of sound waves. In reality, they are too complicated to be solved exactly, so numerical methods are essential. This course will introduce you to one of the most popular numerical techniques for solving PDEs: the finite element method.  We will combine learning about the mathematical aspects of finite elements, such as stability and accuracy, with their practical implementation.
Level
 
Presumed foreknowledge
The course is largely self-contained. The needed theoretical basics (mainly of Sobolev spaces) will be introduced at the beginning. If you are unfamiliar with them, additional self-study is recommended for a deeper understanding of the material.
Test information
Exam, which carries 80% of the final grade and will be written or oral depending on the number of participants, and a coding project, which carries 20% of the final grade.

 
Specifics
 
Recommended materials
Book
Lecture notes will be posted on Brightspace.
Instructional modes
Course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW3

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