Applied Mathematics Colloquium: Dr. Ridgway Scott
University of Chicago
FEniCS uses the variational formulation of PDEs as a language to define models. We will explain the variational formulations for simple problems and then show how they can be extended to simulate fluid flow. The variational formulation also provides a firm theoretical foundation for understanding PDEs. We argue that combining the theory with practical coding provides a way to teach PDEs, their numerical solution, and associated modeling without requiring extensive mathematical prerequisites. As proof, this talk will require no background in PDEs or finite elements, only multi-variate calculus.