Course Syllabus for

Numerical Methods for Differential Equations
Numeriska metoder för differentialekvationer

FMNN10F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2019
Decided by: Professor Thomas Johansson
Date of establishment: 2019-10-08

General Information

Division: Numerical Analysis
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course codes: FMNN10, NUMN12
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to teach computational methods for solving both ordinary and partial differential equations. This includes the construction, application and analysis of basic computational algorithms for approximate solution on a computer of initial value, boundary value and eigenvalue problems for ordinary differential equations, and for partial differential equations in one space and one time dimension. Independent problem solving using computers is a central part of the course. Particular emphasis is placed on the PhD students independently authoring project reports based on interpretation and evaluation of the numerical results obtained, with references and other documentation in support of the conclusions drawn.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Methods for time integration: Euler’s method, the trapezoidal rule. Multistep methods: Adams' methods, backward differentiation formulae. Explicit and implicit Runge-Kutta methods. Error analysis, stability and convergence. Stiff problems and A-stability. Error control and adaptivity. The Poisson equation: Finite differences and the finite element method. Elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic problems. Time dependent PDEs: Numerical schemes for the diffusion equation. Introduction to difference methods for conservation laws.

Course Literature

Iserles, A.: A First Course in the Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations. Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN 9780521734905.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written assignments
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Calculus in one and several variables, linear algebra, basic theory for systems of linear differential and difference equations, basic theory for the partial differential equations of mathematical physics.

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