MAT1060 – Mathematics for applications 2

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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.

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to the use of mathematics as a tool for understanding physical processes. The main emphasis is on linear algebra, in particular as a tool for understanding discrete dynamical processes. Emphasis is also placed on the use of digital tools to visualize the theory and to perform quantitative computations within the models.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • will have skills in vector calculus, matrices and elementary spectral theory;
  • are able to use linear algebra to establish dynamical models, and to study stability and equilibrium;
  • are trained in the use of digital tools to perform computations in linear algebra;
  • know about general vector spaces of arbitrary dimension, including function spaces of infinite dimension;
  • are familiar with the concepts of inner product, orthogonality and their applications;
  • know about linear maps between vector spaces in general, how they may be represented, and their basic properties;
  • have knowledge about how one can study symmetries via group theory, you know what a permutation is, and you have basic knowledge in abstract group theory;
  • have knowledge about how symmetry groups can be studied through their representations on complex vector spaces;
  • know how characters can be used in the classification of representations of the symmetry groups;
  • know what crystalline structures are, and how they can be studied by means of group theory.

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).

MAT1050 – Mathematics for Applications 1

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4 hours of lectures and 2 hours of problem solving in plenum per week.


2 mandatory assignments.

FInal written examination.

Examination support material

Each student may bring one sheet of paper (A4) with handwritten or printed text on both sides and an approved calculator.

Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

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, 2020 9:20:54 PM

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