IN5270 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations

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Course content

The course provides a thorough introduction to design, analysis (both theoretical and empirical), and programming of difference and elemental methods to solve differential equations. In addition, the subject also includes verification and software testing for these numerical methods.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you'll know some of the most common differential equations.
  • you'll have mastered the basic steps in constructing and applying the difference and element methods to simple representative examples of differential equations.
  • you'll have good knowledge of programming techniques for implementing difference and element methods in simple 1D cases and for the use of selected software in simple 2D and 3D cases.
  • you'll have basic knowledge of theoretical and empirical analysis of the difference and elemental methods for accuracy and stability.
  • you'll have good knowledge of verification and software testing of the difference and elemental methods.


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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


Recommended previous knowledge

MAT1120 – Linear algebra and IN1010 – Object-oriented Programming


2 hours of lectures per week.

2 hours of group exercises per week. Combination of two types of group exercises:

  • Non-compulsory exercises that is reviewed by group teachers
  • Small mandatory calculation or programming exercises that the students must deliver in advance, which are reviewed by the students themselves in small groups under the supervision of a group teacher

The course has two major mandatory projects.

Each student must pass both major projects, plus at least 3 of the small compulsory exercises. (All compulsory projects and exercises must be passed in the same semester.)

Previously passed projects and exercises are valid for 2 years.


Oral or written exam depending on the number of students. Both major mandatory projects plus at least 3 of the small compulsory exercises must be passed before the exam. All compulsory projects and exercises must be passed in the same semester.

Examination support material


Language of examination

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

Students who have 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.

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:

INF5620 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations (continued)INF9620 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations (continued), IN9270 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations, IN-NMFPD

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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