TMA4320 - Introduction to Scientific Computation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 30/100
Written examination 70/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course consists of two equal parts: theoretical and practical/computational.
The theoretical part of the course introduces the participants to numerical mathematics and prepares them for the scientific computing part. The latter consists of three compulsory projects originating from physics, biophysics and mathematics. Potential topics covered by the course are methods for evaluating integrals, solving systems of differential and algebraic equations, and eigenvalue systems.

Learning outcome

A student successfully meeting all the learning objectives of this course will be able to: (1) mathematically formulate specific problems from physics and biophysics; (2) explain and use specific numerical methods to solve these problems; (3) implement certain numerical algorithms on a computer; (4) critically assess the obtained numerical results; (5) communicate the findings in a form of a report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. There will be three compulsory projects. These will be evaluated and count towards the total grade in the course. The re-take examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Øvinger

Further on evaluation

In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety. Submitted work that counts towards the final grade will also have to be retaken. For more information about grading and evaluation. see «Teaching methods and activities».

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MA2501 3.7 01.09.2015
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 70/100 C 2020-05-18 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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