IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications
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:
- be able to write programs that solve math problems you encounter in MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and computations and MAT1100 – Calculus.
- 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
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:
- 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 Modelling in the Biosciences
- 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)
- 6 credits overlap with INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued)
- 6 credits overlap with INF1001 – Grunnkurs i objektorientert programmering (discontinued)
- 7 credits overlap with IN1000 – Introduction to Object-oriented Programming
- 7 credits overlap with IN-KJM1900 – Introduksjon i programmering for kjemikere
- 4 credits overlap with MAT-IN1105 – Programming, Modelling and Computations
- 4 credits overlap with MAT-INF1100L – Programming, Modelling and Computations (continued)
The list of overlapping courses is not complete.
4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of group lectures each week.
- Attendance of the first lecture is compulsory
- Attending the first 4 weeks of group exercises is compulsory. (Norwegian link)
- 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.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
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.
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.
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 Modelling in the Biosciences
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.