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INF2340 – Visualization techniques for geometrical objects

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Course content

Visualization techniques for geometrical objects (planes and volumes), different visualization methods for scalar- and vector-fields in 2D and in 3D, animation of time dependent data sets, different graphical formats and handling of large data sets. The visualization system Vtk and the programming language C++ are central tools. In the simulation part of the course principles of numerical schemes for differential equations, computational grids, and the type of data generated will be discussed. Finally, the following themes will be treated: interactive visualization and computational steering, which combines visualization and simulation.

Learning outcome

The students should get a knowledge of, and practical experience with, modern methods for visualization of scientific computations. Moreover, they should get an overview of different types of scientific computations, specially related to mathematical models with partial differential equations, and what types of mathematical entities it is of interest to visualize. Through a project assignment, the student will get a practical experience with programming simple numerical schemes and of visualizing simulation results.


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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).

INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued)/INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued)/INF 101, MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations / MAT1100 – Calculus /MAT 100B.

Recommended previous knowledge

MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra/MAT 110.

Overlapping courses

9 credits IN 229.


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


Pass/Fail. A project report, solved individually. Students can be examined of their project work.


Note that the first lecture is compulsory. The subject is regarded equal to IN 229 when practicing exam regulations.

Course Auditor: Jan Olav Langseth

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Spring 2005

Spring 2004

Spring 2003

The subject is not taught Spring 2007 and 2008


Spring 2004

Spring 2004

Spring 2003

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