Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

MEK1100 gives an introduction to the theory of scalar and vector fields with examples from fluid mechanics, geophysics and physics. The course contains gradient and directional derivative, divergence and curl, circulation and flux, Gauss and Stokes theorems, computation of pressure force, particle derivative and acceleration, Cartesian and curvilinear coordinates, equation of continuity, Euler´s equation, Bernoulli´s equation, heat equation and heat flux with convection and Fourier´s law. The course gives an introduction to visualization and numerical computation of scalar and vector fields on the computer.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • have knowledge about scaling, the significance of physical units and dimensionless parameters;
  • can compute gradient and directional derivative, divergence and curl, equiscalar surfaces, field lines, curve integrals and circulation, surface integrals and flux, pressure force, particle derivative, in Cartesian and curvilinear coordinates, and have knowledge of the physical interpretation of these quantities;
  • can apply Gauss and Stokes theorems;
  • can apply potential and stream functions and have knowledge about potential flow;
  • can use the computer to visualize scalar and vector fields and to do numerical computations of fields;
  • have knowledge about the mass conservation equation and the equation of motion of fluids, Bernoulli´s equation for stationary ideal liquid flow, heat and temperature computations with convection and Fourier´s law.

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).

Should be taken together with or after MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra.

Overlapping courses

  • 5 credits overlap with ME110.
  • 5 credits overlap with MAT120A.
  • 5 credits overlap with MAT120A.
  • 5 credits overlap with ME110.


4 hours of lectures per week. In addition there will be exercise solving groups during the week, with guidance available. The exercises are mainly based on independent work from the students.

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


2 mandatory assignments.

Midterm examination and final examination add up to the final grade. Both exams are compulsory and have to be taken in the same semester.

Midterm exam counts for 1/4 and the final exam counts for 3/4. The final grade is based on the total score and a general impression after the final examination.

Examination support material

Midterm and final examination: Rottmann´s formula list + 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

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Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 4, 2020 11:21:08 PM

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