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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course provides an introduction to numerical methods used in astrophysics and especially in modeling of systems described by the MHD equations.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you will have knowledge of discretization of simple hyperbolic PDE´s such as the advection equation
  • you will be able to examine the stability of difference equations using von Neummann stability analysis
  • you will have thorough knowledge of implicit and explicit numerical schemes and solution techniques for these
  • you will acquire expertise in multi-grid methods
  • you will acquire expertise in characteristic equations and boundary conditions based on these
  • you will be able to give oral presentations of scientific articles in numerical methods, such as Godunov methods.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


Teaching extends over one semester. There are usually two hours of lectures and two hours of group tuition each week but some of the weeks will be organized as self-study with supervision from the lecturer.


This course has a final oral examination which counts 100% in the grade assessment. Compulsory project assignments may be given and other methods of assessment can also be used.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed during the oral examination.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 21, 2020 10:10:07 AM

Facts about this course


Teaching and examinations are not offered during the 2020 autumn semester.

A minimum of three students are required to sign up for this course in order for the course to be offered; and for ordinary lectures to take place. The course can be organized as a special curriculum if less than three students sign up, but one cannot expect ordinary teaching.

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