Unformatted text preview: iecewise continuous test functions having the basis
1 if x 2 (xj 1=2 xj+1=2) :
j (x) := 0 otherwise
where xj 1=2 = (xj + xj 1)=2. Using (1.2.6), show that the approximate solution
U (x) satis es the di erential equation (1.2.1a) on the average on each subinterval
(xj 1=2 xj+1=2), j = 1 2 : : : N .
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3. Consider the twopoint boundary value problem
;u 00 +u=x which has the exact solution 0<x<1 u(0) = u(1) = 0 u(x) = x ; sinh x :
sinh 1 Solve this problem using Galerkin's method (1.2.12c) using the trial function U (x) = c1 sin x:
Thus, N = 1, 1(x) = 1 (x) = sin x in (1.2.3). Calculate the error in strain
energy as A(u u) ; A(U U ), where A(u v) is given by (1.2.9b). 1.3 A Simple Finite Element Problem
Finite element methods are weighted residuals methods that use bases of piecewise polynomials having small support. Thus, the functions (x) and (x) of (1.2.3, 1.2.4) are
nonzero only on a small portion of problem domain. Since continuity may be di cult to
impose, bases will typically use the minimum continuity ne...
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This document was uploaded on 03/16/2014 for the course CSCI 6860 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
 Spring '14
 JosephE.Flaherty

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