## Finite elements. An Introduction by Becker E., Carey G., Oden J.

By Becker E., Carey G., Oden J.

Our objective in penning this booklet is to supply the undergraduate scholar of engineering and technology with a concise advent to finite point tools — one who will provide a reader, built with little greater than calculus, a few matrix algebra, and usual differential equations, a transparent suggestion of what the finite point technique is, the way it works, why it is sensible, and the way to take advantage of it to resolve difficulties of curiosity to him. We imposed on ourselves 3 constraints that we felt have been of primary significance in designing a textual content of this kind.

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Often we treat the field as varying continuously in time, although this is not necessary. It is sometimes objected that distributions of quantity in the brain are not in fact continuous, since neurons and even synapses are discrete. However, this objection is irrelevant. For the purposes of field computation, it is necessary only that the number of units be sufficiently large t h a t it may be treated as a continuum, specifically, that continuous mathematics can be applied. There is, of course, no specific number at which the ensemble becomes "big enough" to be treated as a continuum; this is an issue t h a t must be resolved by the modeler in the context of the use to which the model will be put.

There is no doubt that the great majority of studies on self-organized maps have been aimed in this direction, somehow mirroring the bias on receptive field properties which has characterized the neurobiological studies about the functions of cortical areas. Only a minority of researchers has investigated the topological consequences of applying the same Hebbian learning paradigms not to the input but to the lateral connections. Martinetz & Schulten (1994) have coined the term topology representing networks for expressing the fact that the lattice developed by the network, as a result of learning, may capture the topological structure of the input space.