Starting in the spring 2013, I videotaped the lectures for my MATH 676: Finite element methods in scientific computing course at the KAMU TV studio at Texas A&M. These are lectures on many aspects of scientific computing, software, and the practical aspects of the finite element method, as well as their implementation in the deal.II software library. Support for creating these videos was also provided by the National Science Foundation and the Computational Infrastructure in Geodynamics.

Note 1: In some of the videos, I demonstrate code or user interfaces. If you can't read the text, change the video quality by clicking on the "gear" symbol at the bottom right of the YouTube player.

Note 2: deal.II is an actively developed library, and in the course of this development we occasionally deprecate and remove functionality. In some cases, this implies that we also change tutorial programs, but the nature of videos is that this is not reflected in something that may have been recorded years ago. If in doubt, consult the current version of the tutorial.

Lecture 21.5: Boundary conditions. Part 1: Theory

Boundary conditions seem to be a perpetual source of confusion, simply because there are many different kinds, because we have built a great amount of terminology around them, and because it is not always clear exactly what each term may mean in the context of a particular equation. This lecture tries to shed some light on the issue by providing a conceptual overview of the kinds of boundary conditions and how they can be incorporated into a finite element formulation.


Slides: click here