MAT3110 – Introduction to Numerical Analysis
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.
The course 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 an essential part of the course. The subject assumes familiarity with linear algebra and calculus of several variables.
After completing the course you
- will have knowledge of important numerical methods, including strategies both for constructing methods and analyzing them, often with the help of linear algebra
- will have knowledge of the limitations of various mathematical approximations and the effect of computer rounding errors
- will have 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
- you will master numerical methods to solve practical problems, including interpretation and analysis of the results and understanding of the importance of reproducibility
- you will master the presentation and communication of the results of computations
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 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:
Information technology (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
- 10 credits overlap with MAT4110 – Introduction to Numerical Analysis.
- 10 credits overlap with MAT-IN3110 – Introduction to numerical analysis (continued).
- 5 credits overlap with MAT-INF2360 – Applications of Linear Algebra (discontinued).
- 5 credits overlap with MAT-INF4130 – Numerical Linear Algebra (discontinued).
4 hours of lectures/exercises per week throughout the semester.
Final written exam 4 hours or final oral exam, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.
The form of examination will be announced by the lecturer by 15 October/15 March for the autumn semester and the spring semester respectively.
This course has 2 mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MAT4110 – Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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: