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MAT1100 is a continuation of high school calculus, but goes deeper into the theoretical foundations and develops the methods further in order to deal with more complicated cases. The course also contains introductions to complex numbers, vectors and matrices, and continuity and differentiability of functions of several variables. MAT1100 builds on the most advanced mathematics courses from secondary education (R1/R2) and forms the basis for MAT1110. 

Learning outcome

After having completed the course:

  • you are familiar with the complex numbers and can calculate with them on Cartesian and polar form
  • you are familiar with the Completeness Principle for the real numbers and know how it is used in creating the theory of functions of one variable
  • you know how to define conituity, limits, derivatives, and integrals precisely, and can compute limits, derivatives, and integrals of functions of one variable
  • you are familiar with vectors and matrices and can use them for simple calculations
  • you know what functions of several variables are, can determine whether they are continuous and differentiable, and can compute and interpret directional derivatives and partial derivatives
  • you can use the theory in the course to solve modeling problems, especially problems concerning integration, optimization, and related rates


you can present your calculations and arguments in a clear and coherent way with suitable notation and terminology


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

One of these:

  • Mathematics R1
  • Mathematics (S1+S2)

And and in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics (R1+R2)
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies. Read more about special admission requirements (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

R2/3MX from secondary school.

Overlapping courses

The overlap between the 3 courses MAT1001 - Mathematics 1 (discontinued), MAT1012 - Mathematics 2, MAT1100 - Calculus is 10 credits in total; you get 20 credits for these 3 courses. The same goes if you replace MAT1001 - Mathematics 1 (discontinued) with MAT1110 - Calculus and linear algebra.

10 credits with MA001, MAT100A/B/C and MA100.

*The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the Department for more information if necessary.


4 hours of lectures, 2 hours of exercises and 2 hours problem sessions in plenum per week.


Two compulsory assignments have to be handed in and approved to be allowed access to the final exam.

Detailed information about compulsory assignments will be published on the course information page at the beginning of the semester.

Midterm and final written digital exam at the end of the semester add up to the final grade. Both exams are compulsory and have to be taken in the same semester.

Midterm exam counts for 1/3 and the final exam counts for 2/3. The final grade is based on the total score and a general impression after the final examination.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics

Examination support material

Permitted aids at the midterm exam: None.

Permitted aids at final exam: Approved calculator.
Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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