IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course introduces basic programming in the Python programming language. The programming themes are illustrated in a series of mathematical examples. The mathematical themes are synchronized with MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations and MAT1100 – Calculus. Examples and exercises are derived from natural sciences, and show how problems in physics, statistics, biology, medicine, chemistry and economics can be solved by means of mathematics and programming.
After finishing IN1900, you´ll:
have basic skills in Python programming using data structures, functions, classes, objects, modules and vectorized calculations
be able to create program sketches and algorithms based on a mathematical specification of a science problem
be able to create solutions to minor real issues on a computer with user interaction, graphics (plot, animations) and storage/reading of data to/from disk
be able to use a variety of Python modules in self-interaction interaction to integrate, derive, find zeroes, calculate boundary values and sequences, and solve differential and differential equations from physics, biology and finance
be able to construct, find and correct errors in your own programs
be able to construct tests to verify that computer programs work properly
Admission to the course
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.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 or Mathematics (S1+S2)
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).
- 10 credits overlap with INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued).
- 7 credits overlap with BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences.
- 7 credits overlap with IN1000 – Introduction to Object-oriented Programming.
- 7 credits overlap with IN-KJM1900 – Introduksjon i programmering for kjemikere.
- 6 credits overlap with INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued).
- 6 credits overlap with INF1001 – Grunnkurs i objektorientert programmering (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with GEO1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with GEO-KJM1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences and in chemistry (discontinued).
- 4 credits overlap with MAT-IN1105 – Programming, Modelling and Computations.
- 4 credits overlap with MAT-INF1100L – Programming, Modelling and Computations (continued).
4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of group lectures each week.
- Attendance of the first lecture is compulsory
- Submitting mandatory assignments is compulsory
Written digital midterm exam (4 h) counts as 25% of the final grade, 4 hours written digital exam at the end of the semester counts as 75% of the final grade.
Mandatory assignments must be approved to be allowed to take the exam.
It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued), INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued), INF1001 – Grunnkurs i objektorientert programmering (discontinued), IN1000 – Introduction to Object-oriented Programming, IN-KJM1900 – Introduksjon i programmering for kjemikere and BIOS1100 – Introduction to computational models for Biosciences. The list is not exhaustive.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: