This course is discontinued

MAT-INF1310 – Ordinary differential equations

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Course content

Mathematical models based on ordinary differential equations, scalar equations, systems, first and second order equations, stability, numerical methods.

Learning outcome

Basic skills in the treatment of ordinary differential equations and the understanding of how such equations are used in modelling. The student should also be able to use a computer to find numerical and analytical solutions to ordinary differential equations.


It will be possible to apply for admission to single courses with available places. Further information about registration procedures will be found on our webpage by the end of the spring semester.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

Recommended previous knowledge

The course follows on from MAT1100 – Calculus, MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra, MAT1120 – Linear Algebra, MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations and INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued)/INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued).

Overlapping courses

The course overlaps MAT 120 with 5 credits.

The information about overlaps is not complete. Contact the department for more information if necessary.


4 hours of lectures/exercises every week for the duration of the semester.


Two compulsory assignments need to be passed within given deadlines to be allowed to take the final exam. Final mark based on written examination at the end of the semester.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the mathematical institute (norwegian only)

Permitted aids at the exam: none.

Language of examination

Subjects 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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This subject offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. Deferred examinations for students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams will be arranged at the same time. (These valid reasons has to be documented within given deadlines.)

For general information about new and deferred examination, see

More information about examination at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here

Facts about this course






Spring 2009

This course is no longer given, it is partly replaced by MAT2440 – Differential equations and optimal control theory (continued).


Spring 2009

Teaching language


The course is given in English. If no students have asked for the course in English within the first lecture, it may be given in Norwegian.