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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

This course gives an introduction to the theory and applications of piecewise polynomials represented by B-splines. In the first part the focus is on basic properties and algorithms of B-splines in one variable, and various approximation methods using these. Subsequently the theory and methods are extended to functions in multiple variables/dimensions, such as parametric curves and tensor products. In the last part of the course, the focus is on theoretical properties of B-splines, such as approximation properties and stability.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you know:

  • the basic properties and theory of B-splines;
  • how to implement basic algorithms for B-splines, such as evaluation, knot-insertion and interpolation;
  • how to use B-splines in practice, e.g. how to interpolate data in one or several variables.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Basic courses in introductory programming, calculus, and linear algebra: MAT1100 – Calculus, MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra, MAT1120 – Linear Algebra, MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations and INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued) / INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued).

Overlapping courses


4 hours of lectures/exercises per week throughout the semester.

The course may be taught in Norwegian if the lecturer and all students at the first lecture agree to it.

Upon the attendance of three or fewer students, the lecturer may, in conjunction with the Head of Teaching, change the course to self-study with supervision.


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 4 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: MAT9170 – Spline Methods

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.

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) Dec. 4, 2020 5:20:08 AM

Facts about this course


Taught according to demand and resources. Contact if you are interested in this course.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)