Chapter 1 Introduction
FreeFEM is an implementation of the Gfem language dedicated
to the finite element method. It provides you a way to solve Partial
Differential Equations (PDE) simply. Although you can solve quite complicated
problems can be solved also.
In this manual we are going to describe the FreeFEM package:

Compilation step
 How to use the language
 A quick presentation of how it is done
1.1 Conventions
 A triangulation, T, is a set of triangles covering a domain
refered later as Ω
 Each vertex has a number iv, a region reference number
region, and a boundary reference number ib which is zero for
internal points.
 An arrayfunction is an array of values on the vertices of T. It
represents a piecewise linear continuous (or discontinuous if
precise
is used) function on Ω.  In an integrated environment Gfem has the notion of Project: files
shown on the desktop as documents with an icon like a triangulated
rectangle (on the Macintosh).
 A project contains a program, the last triangulation created and one
array function, namely the last function displayed.
1.2 Software and Documentation
FreeFEM is available on Internet. Check the following http site:
kfem.sourceforge.nethttp://kfem.sourceforge.net
The tarball uses the following naming convetion:
freefemx.x.x.tar.gz
Others documentations are available on the FreeFEM Web site. These
might provide further enlightment on the software.
AUTHORS
The authors are, in alphabetical order:

Dominique Bernardi <??>
 Frederic Hecht <Frederic.Hecht@inria.fr>mailto:Frederic.Hecht@inria.fr
 Castro J. Manollo <castro@gamba.cie.uma.es>mailto:castro@gamba.cie.uma.es
 Pascal Parole <pascal@areamundi.fr>mailto:pascal@areamundi.fr
 Olivier Pironneau <pironneau@ann.jussieu.fr>mailto:pironneau@ann.jussieu.fr
 Christophe Prud’homme <prudhomm@users.sourceforge.net>mailto:prudhomm@users.sourceforge.net
If you are interested in FreeFEM have a look at the web site
kfem.sourceforge.nethttp://kfem.sourceforge.net. You can subscribe to various
mailing lists and get the latest stuff from the FreeFEM world.