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27) produces a linear system of algebraic equations from which the /1i coefficients can be calculated. i == /1i. These variations can be associated with virtual quantities such as virtual displacements or velocities. The property of having the same functions for the weighting and approximating functions is important in engineering practice as it produces symmetrical coefficients in many cases. Most finite element models are based on Galerkin-type techniques. 11. Let us return to our original equation and try to solve it using Galerkin's method.

44 Chapter I Approximate Methods Another essential difference between techniques refers to the type of basis function used for the approximation u and for the weighting w. We can divide the numerical methods according to those for which the same basis functions are used for u and wand those for which they are different. A rational classification is attempted in Fig. 17 where we see that the main engineering methods can be differentiated as follows: (I) Finite differences. 7). Most finite difference schemes are based on statement (i) although some (like energy schemes) use statement (ii).

A very interesting application of the subregion method is the case where the weighting function is a step-type function as shown in Fig. 7. i. 1 I I i Ii N I -112 112 I Fig. 7. Collocation by subregions in a finite difference or finite element grid 20 Chapter I Approximate Methods that here we are considering an element similar to a finite element, with shape functions qJ2 = (l - 17)(1 + 17) , (a) Hence, U = Uj_1 qJI + Uj qJ2 + Uj+ I qJ3 , (b) where Ui-I, Uj, and Uj+1 are the nodal values of the function at i-I, i, and i + I, respectively.