MAT-IN3110 – Introduction to numerical analysis

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Course content

MAT-INF3110 gives insight into theory and algorithms for fundamental mathematical problems associated with systems of equations, optimization,
and approximation of functions. There are many applications, for example, the representation of geometry, images, and more generally large data sets. Applications in various areas of the natural sciences are essential. The subject assumes familiarity with linear algebra and calculus of several variables.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have

  • Knowledge of important numerical methods. This includesstrategies both for constructing methods and analyzing them, often with the help of linear algebra.
  • Knowledge of the limitations of various mathematical approximations and the effect of computer rounding errors.
  • Knowledge of some concrete methods for solving various kinds of equation systems and non-linear optimization problems and methods for approximating functions with the help of simpler functions, such as polynomials, piecewise polynomials, and trigonometric functions.

You will master

  • Effective programming of numerical methods.
  • numerical methods to solve practical problems, including interpretation and analysis of the results and understanding of the importance of reproducibility.
  • The presentation and communication of the results of computations.


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4 hours of lectures/exercises each week.


Two compulsory assignment has to be handed in and approved. Final mark based on written examination at the end of the semester.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics.

Language of examination

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

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.

Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)