IN9270 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations

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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.

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, and are able to apply the difference and element methods to more advanced 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 good knowledge of theoretical and empirical analysis of the difference and element methods for accuracy and stability.
  • you´ll have good knowledge of verification and software testing of the difference and elemental 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.

MAT1120 – Linear Algebra and IN1010 – Object-oriented Programming

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures

2 hours of group exercises (Combination of two types of group exercises. Type 1: Non-compulsory exercises that is reviewed by group teachers; Type 2: 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. These will contain more questions than the project done as part of the master variant of this course.

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.

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: IN5270 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations, INF5620 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations (continued), INF9620 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations (continued), IN-NMFPD

Examination support material

Approved calculator

Language of examination

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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 18, 2020 9:16:18 AM

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