Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the theoretical and computational aspects of the finite element method for the solution of boundary value problems for partial differential equations. Emphasis will be on linear elliptic, self-adjoint, second-order problems, and some material will cover time dependent problems as well as nonlinear problems. Topics include: Sobolev spaces, variational formulation of boundary value problems, natural and essential boundary conditions, Lax-Milgram lemma, approximation theory, error estimates, element construction, continuous, discontinuous, and mixed finite element methods, and solution methods for the resulting finite element systems.

Tentative Syllabus:

Please note that the above syllabus is tentative and might change during the term.


The course will not follow closely a specific textbook. Here are some recommended references.