INF5650 – Numerical methods for partial differential equations 2

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Course content

This course focuses on the analysis and implementation of the finite element method for the solution of systems of nonlinear and time-dependent partial differential equations. Topics include introductory functional analysis, the mathematical formulation of the finite element method, adaptivity and error control, iterative methods and preconditioning, mixed formulations, existence and stability, implementation aspects, and the solution of partial differential equations from continuum mechanics, including fluid flow, elasticity, and porous media.

Learning outcome

After this course you have

  • learnt the mathematical formulation and implementation of the finite element method
  • learnt how to apply it to solve a range of important partial differential equations


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15 lectures through out the semester, mandatory assignments which must be approve in order to take the exam.


Oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

This course does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary 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.

Special examination arrangements

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