WIT Press


Teaching The BEM; The Use Of A Spreadsheet

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE960221

Volume

14

Pages

10

Published

1996

Size

705 kb

Author(s)

A.J. Davies & D. Crann

Abstract

Experience at the University of Hertfordshire indicates that the spreadsheet provides an ideal environment for teaching and learning boundary elements without the need of a high-level language. All three phases of the method are easily implemented and the special facilities allow such processes as the solution of the system of linear equations to be effected in a straightforward manner. Introduction The spreadsheet has, for some time, been used as a vehicle for teaching elementary numerical methods. These include numerical linear algebra*, numerical modelling^, finite difference methods for partial differential equations^^^^, finite element methods? and computational geometry&. The boundary element method does not feature in the undergraduate curriculum as frequently as other methods such as finite differences an

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