INF5620 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations

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Course content

This course looks at design of finite difference and finite element methods for solving differential equations, theoretical and empirical analysis of accuracy and stability, programming
techniques, verification and software testing, applications and project work.

Learning outcome

The student should learn the background to, and get an introduction to, the use of numerical methods and software to solve partial differential equations.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF9620 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations (continued)

9 credits IN-NMFPD.


2 hours with lectures and 2 hours with exercises each week. There are mandatory assignments. Rules for mandatory assignments.


Oral exam.

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 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.

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: IN-NMFPD.


It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

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