Variational formulation

Hello,

See this word a lot on internet articles about FEM and such. However, no one explains what actually the term means? I could see that it has something to do with starting with approximate solutions.

Anyone has any idea about this?

Thanks,
Luc
 
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Finite Element Methods: they are used to approximate solutions of PDE's.
 

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