Written by two well-respected experts in the field, The Finite Element Method for Boundary Value Problems: Mathematics and Computations bridges the gap between applied mathematics and application-oriented studies of FEM. Mathematically rigorous, it uses examples, applications, and illustrations from various areas of engineering, applied mathematics, and the physical sciences. Readers are able to grasp the mathematical foundations of FEM, as well as its versatility; unlike many finite element texts this work is not limited to solid mechanics problems. Based around use of the finite element method for solving boundary values problems (BVPs), the text is organized around three categories of differential operators: self-adjoint, non-self adjoint, and non-linear. These operators are utilized with various methods of approximation including the Galerkin, Petrov-Galerkin, and other methods.