Evaluate a Finite Element Function of a 2D Argument

FEM2D_SAMPLE, a MATLAB program which evaluates a finite element function of a 2D argument.

The current version of the program can only handle finite element meshes which are made of piecewise linear triangles of order 3 or 6.


fem2d_sample ( 'fem_prefix', 'sample_prefix' )
where 'fem_prefix' is the common prefix for the FEM files: and 'sample_prefix' is the common prefix for the SAMPLE files, for which the node file is input, and the values file is created by the program:


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


FEM2D_SAMPLE is available in a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

Related Data and Programs:

FEM1D_SAMPLE, a MATLAB program which samples a scalar or vector finite element function of one variable, defined by FEM files, returning interpolated values at the sample points.

FEM2D, a data directory which contains examples of 2D FEM files, text files that describe a 2D finite element geometry and associated nodal values;

FEM2D_HEAT, a MATLAB program which solves the 2D time dependent heat equation on the unit square.

FEM2D_PACK, a MATLAB library which is useful for 2D finite element calculations.

FEM2D_POISSON, a MATLAB program which solves the 2D Poisson equation on a square, using the finite element method.

FEM2D_PROJECT, a MATLAB program which projects a function F(X,Y) into a given finite element space of piecewise linear triangular elements.


FEM3D_SAMPLE, a MATLAB program which evaluates a finite element function defined on 3D tetrahedral mesh.

HISTOGRAM_DATA_2D_SAMPLE, a MATLAB program which demonstrates how to construct a Probability Density Function (PDF) from a frequency table over a 2D domain, and then to use that PDF to create new samples.

HISTOGRAM_PDF_2D_SAMPLE, a MATLAB library which demonstrates how uniform sampling of a 2D region with respect to some known Probability Density Function (PDF) can be approximated by decomposing the region into rectangles, approximating the PDF by a piecewise constant function, constructing a histogram for the CDF, and then sampling.

REJECTION_SAMPLE, a MATLAB library which demonstrates acceptance/rejection sampling.


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    ISBN: 096140888X,
    LC: TA335.S77.
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    The Finite Element Method,
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    Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005,
    ISBN: 0750663200,
    LC: TA640.2.Z54.

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Last revised on 04 May 2019.