# Finite Element Toolbox 2.1

OS : Windows / Linux / Mac OS / BSD / Solaris
Script Licensing : Freeware
Created : Aug 21, 2007
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## This is a toolbox for computing ODEs or PDEs in BVPs ...

This is a toolbox for computing ODEs or PDEs in BVPs using FEM in 1D, 2D (and 3D, yet to come).
* fem
this is the main routine for solving ODE BVPs using any combination of Dirichlet, Neumann or Robin conditions.
* GENMAT1
called by FEM1 and is the core of the program. It generates the matrices used for solving the linear equation system for the ODE. Uses alytical results of the integration of basis functions (for sake of efficiency).
* REFINE1
with this routine you can refine the mesh over certain critical grid points. The the gridpoints will become nonuniformly linearly spaced.
* TEST1
this is a test for the 1D case of FEM. Look through this example carefully in order to fully understand how FEM1 works.
* PLOTGRID2
plot mesh/triangulation in 2D and put a number in each corresponding element (triangle).
generates quadratically spaced vectors. That is, the spaces are linearly decreasing/increasing.
* FEM2
this is the main routine for solving PDE BVPs using any combination of Dirichlet, Neumann or Robin conditions.
* GENMAT2
called by FEM2 and is the core of the program. It generates the matrices used for solving the linear equation system for the PDE.
* TEST2
test for the 2D case of FEM. Test this for better learning how to use FEM2 and other utilities.
Both FEM1 and FEM2 uses the sparse class in order to become more efficient (since the matrices generated are in general tridiagonal).
These routines may be useful for solving electrostatic problems with strange geometries and with spatially changing dielectric constants (or similar).
Of course the elliptical problem is universal and can be used for a lot of other applications such as the classical heat equation, etc. . .
Unfortunately, the FEM solvers does not support parabolic nor hyperbolic problems "yet".
the FEM1 and FEM2 routines should be fairly user friendly, and not much knowledge about finite elements ought to be required to operate them.

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