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Course content

The main subject of this course is the study of three types of equations and their solutions. It gives an introduction to the following topics:

1) Systems of linear equations, vectors and matrices (this includes Gaussian elimination, matrix operations, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors).

2) Difference equations (this includes sequences, limits, complex numbers, elementary graph theory and trees).

3) Differential equations (this includes differentiation, integration and exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions).

Learning outcome

This course provides you with a mathematical toolbox for use in further studies not requiring high level mathematics from upper secondary school. The aim is to give you an understanding of how certain types of problems may be modelled and to teach you how to find solutions to these problems. The problem presentations will be taken from relevant subject areas, e.g. biology, informatics and chemistry.


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.

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


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

R1/2MX from secondary school.

Overlapping courses

The overlap between the 3 courses MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued), MAT1012 – Mathematics 2 (discontinued), MAT1100 – Calculus is 10 credits in total; you get 20 credits for these 3 courses.

10 credits against MA001 and MAT100. 6 credits against MA100.

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


4 hours of lectures, 2 hours of problem sessions in plenum and 2 hours of problem sessions in groups with guidance per week.


Two compulsory assignments have to be handed in and approved to be allowed access to the final exam.

Detailed information about compulsory assignments will be published on the course information page at the beginning of the semester.

Compulsory assignments passed from other courses (MAT1000 or other) can not be used to replace the assignments in this course.

Midterm exam and final exam at the end of the semester add up to the final grade. Both exams are compulsory and have to be taken in the same semester.

Midterm exam counts for 1/3 and the final exam counts for 2/3. The final grade is based on the total score and a general impression after the final examination.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics

Examination support material

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

Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

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 course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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For the last time autumn 2017


Every autumn

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