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INF9650 – Numerical methods for partial differentiental 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


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.


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

Candidated on the PhD-version of this course must read an extra research article from a predetermined list and present the article in front of the group (10 min presentation).


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

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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