MAT-INF1100L – Programming, Modelling and Computations

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to the programming language Python and in mathematical subjects well suited for numerical processing and programming

Learning outcome

After the course you will

  • be able to formulate a problem mathematically and solve it by analytic or numerical methods
  • have basic skills in programming in Python, such as loops, tests, graphic (plotting), functions and simple user interaction and file handling
  • be able to outline programs and algorithms from a mathematical problem
  • be able to carry out proof by induction and simulation of difference equations
  • be able to approximate functions by Taylor polynomials
  • be able to solve differential equations, both by formulas and approximately by numerical methods
  • be able to use error estimates to understand and check the error in numerical estimations


To take this course you must have been enrolled in one of the following study programs:

It is not possible to sign up for this subject via the Student Web. Please contact your study programme for registration.


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 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).

Recommended previous knowledge

R2 from secondary school. The subject should be taken in the same semester as or after MAT1100 – Calculus.

Overlapping courses

5 credits with MAT100A/B/C and MA100.

*The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.


4 hours of lectures, 1 hours of plenary exercises and 2 hours of group sessions per week throughout the semester.


Two compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam.

Midterm exam and written examination at the end of the semester adds up to final grade. Both exams are compulsory and have to be taken in the same semester.

Midterm exam counts for 1/3 and the written examination at the end of the semester counts for 2/3. The final grade is based on the total score and a general impression after the final examination.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics

Examination support material

  • Permitted aids at the midterm exam: none.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

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

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

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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