MAT1050 – Mathematics for Applications 1

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course gives an introduction to mathematics as a tool for understanding physical processes. The main emphasis is on analysis, with a spesial focus on applications of the theory in physics and chemistry. The use of digital tools is emphasized both to visualize the theory and to make quantitative calculations in the models.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you

  • can calculate with complex numbers on cartesian and polar form
  • have basic skills in analysis, including technical and theoretical insight into limits, differentiation, integration, and you are familiar with the interpretations of these concepts in the natural sciences
  • know about sequences and series, you can approximate functions by power series, and you have knowledge about the most common techniques of calculation in the subject
  • have knowledge of vector fields, mainly in 2 or 3 dimensions, can differentiate and integrate vector fields, and know some of the theoretical results in the subject
  • are familiar with the method of least squares and can carry out simple regression
  • can compute integrals over different kinds of regions in 2 and 3 dimensions, including general line and surface integrals
  • know what is meant by Fourier analysis and can compute Fourier transforms
  • know about the Laplace operator, its properties and applications
  • are familiar with simple ordinary and partial differential equations, their equilibrium and stability properties, as well as numerical methods for illustrating and computing the solutions.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

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).

  • The course should be taken in the same semester or after IN-KJM1190 and IN1900 or MAT-IN1105.

Overlapping courses


4 hours of lectures and 4 hours of problem sessions in groups per week throughout the semester.

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


Final written exam 4 hours which counts 100 % towards the final grade. 

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

Examination support material

Approved calculators and one sheet of A4-paper with handwritten or printed text on both sides are allowed. Information about approved calculators in Norwegian.

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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 5:19:41 AM

Facts about this course

Spring and autumn

The course is offered extraordinary autumn semester 2020.

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