MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations

Course content

MAT-INF1100 is a first semester course in mathematics that unites classical and computational perspectives on mathematics. Thematically the course is focused on deriving numerical methods for computing quantities like the derivative, the integral and approximate solutions of various kinds of equations. Taylors formula with remainder and basic properties of numbers, including how they are represented in a computer, are also important topics which in this course are used to analyse the errors and limitations of the computational methods.

MAT-INF1100 is closely linked to MAT1100 – Calculus and IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications. The teaching in the course assumes that the students are able to program a computer. This competence must either be learnt before they attend MAT-INF1100 or while attending the course.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you

  • are familiar with the basic properties of integer and real numbers, how they are represented in a computer, and limitations of the representations
  • can find formulas for the solution of some difference and differential equations
  • are familiar with and can program numerical methods for approximate calculation of the derivative and the integral of general functions, as well as approximate solutions of equations, difference equations and differential equations
  • are familiar with the general limitations of numerical methods discussed in the course and are able to estimate their errors using Taylor polynomials with remainder and the principles for representing real numbers in a computer
  • can derive simple mathematical models for practical problems using derivatives, integrals and different kinds of equations
  • are able to carry out proofs by induction, argue out simple, mathematical arguments, and present your reasoning in a clear and transparent way with suitable notation and terminology.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling theHigher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies(in Norwegian).

Overlapping courses


5 hours of lectures/exercises and 2 hours of group sessions per week throughout the semester.

The number of groups offered can be adjusted during the semester, depending on attendance.


Midterm exam which counts 1/3 towards the final grade.

Final written exam which counts 2/3 towards the final grade. 

This course has 2 mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Examination support material

Midterm examination: Formula sheet for MAT1100 and MAT-INF1100.

Final examination: Formula sheet for MAT1100 and MAT-INF1100 and approved calculators are allowed. Information about approved calculators in Norwegian.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response 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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 26, 2022 9:47:06 AM

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