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adaptive meshing

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Meshing an area where each element of the mesh can be independently subdivided to ensure a desired effect is achieved. For example, finite-element calculations will require more detailed...

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mesh

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The result of subdividing a region in time and/or space into smaller subregions. A rectangular region in the x,y-plane can thus be divided into smaller rectangles by lines parallel to the xnull...

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partial differential equations

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Differential equations that involve two or more independent variables, which in practice are often space and time variables. Because more than one independent variable is present, the...

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variational method

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A technique for the solution of certain classes of ordinary and partial differential equations that involves the use of a variational principle. That is, the solution of the differential...

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