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Minimization and Variational Problems

  1. Aug 29, 2010 #1
    I just jumped into a finite element methods course, and we are finding minimization problems and variational problems for various PDE's. However, the book never really explains what these guys are and their purpose and what they do, and before I continue, I'd like to understand this. I googled it and came up with more specific information than for what I was looking.

    Can someone please explain in a top-level, low-detail manner what these problems are, what they are used for, and how they are implemented in general?
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