Some "continuous" problems in engineering and mathematics can be solved by assuming that the problem space is made up of many components each of which we know something about. We assume then that an approximate properties of the whole are a function of the properties of its components. One example is the "finite element method". In the following diagram you can see the individual finite elements that make up the model and which interact with each other to make up the whole mechanism.

Flow around a propeller courtesy "The Virtual Album of Fluid Motion"

Last updated 2000/05/05

© J.A.N. Lee, 2000.