Best approximation property in the W 1 W^1_{infty } norm for finite element methods on graded meshes Academic Article uri icon


  • We consider finite element methods for a model second-order elliptic equation on a general bounded convex polygonal or polyhedral domain. Our first main goal is to extend the best approximation property of the error in the W 1 norm, which is known to hold on quasi-uniform meshes, to more general graded meshes. We accomplish it by a novel proof technique. This result holds under a condition on the grid which is mildly more restrictive than the shape regularity condition typically enforced in adaptive codes. The second main contribution of this work is a discussion of the properties of and relationships between similar mesh restrictions that have appeared in the literature. 2011 American Mathematical Society.

published proceedings

  • Mathematics of Computation

author list (cited authors)

  • Demlow, A., Leykekhman, D., Schatz, A. H., & Wahlbin, L. B.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Demlow, A||Leykekhman, D||Schatz, AH||Wahlbin, LB

publication date

  • September 2011