Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Committee Chair/Advisor

TImo Heister

Committee Member

Fei Xue

Committee Member

Leo Rebholz


Partial differential equations are frequently utilized in the mathematical formulation of physical problems. Boundary conditions need to be applied in order to obtain the unique solution to such problems. However, some types of boundary conditions do not lead to unique solutions because the continuous problem has a null space. In this thesis, we will discuss how to solve such problems effectively. We first review the foundation of all three problems and prove that Laplace problem, linear elasticity problem and Stokes problem can be well posed if we restrict the test and trial space in the continuous and discrete finite element setting. Next, we introduce methods to solve the linear system and obtain a numerical solution.Finally, we will present the numerical experiments conducted in the finite element library deal.II. We compare the numerical and graphical output to evaluate the performance of each method, providing a more comprehensive understanding of the strengths and limitations.

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