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autumn 2018

SMN6203 PDE and the Finite Element Method - 7.5 ECTS

Sist endret: 29.01.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course may be taken as a single subject.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics


Based on the courses Linear Algebra and Numerical Methods

Application code: 9371

Course content

The course covers classical topics devoted to Partial differential equations, in addition to an introduction to weak formulations of such equations using Sobolev spaces. 

Objectives of the course

After passing this course the student should have obtained the following learning outcome:

After completing the course, the students will have some knowledge within the academic field of partial differential equations, and some of their applications in physics and engineering.

The students will be able to formulate and analyse the problems in terms of weak formulations suitable for solving numerically via det Finite Element Method 

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

All lectures are pre-recorded on video and students will be able to follow them via their computer (or laptop /smartphone if you use my Youtube channel).

It is recommended that the students  start watching video lectures at 8.15. Those who like, may also meet in the classroom at. 09.15.  (to be announced in Canvas)

Here, the teacher will answer questions from the students concerning the topics considered the previous day. Afterwards, the students continue watching video lectures, assisted by the teacher. Normally, students work with this until noon. After lunch, i.e. at. 1 PM, they start with today's exercise and work with this until 4 PM, assisted by the teacher.

All information concerning the course, videos, lecture notes, exercises with solutions, project etc. can be found in Canvas when the course starts.


The course is evaluated by written examination (4 hours). One of the tasks will be known in advance through Canvas. On the exam you are not allowed to use any kind of utilities in addition to ordinary printing equipment's (e.g. lap top, mobile device, or calculator of any kind are prohibited).

There will be no re-sit exam.

Grading follows A-F grading scale, F is Fail.

There will not be arranged a re-sit/ continuation exam for this course.    

Date for examination

PDE and the Finite Element Method - written exam 20.12.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

SMN6199 Partial differential equations 5 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

The syllabus is covered in the collection of video lectures given in this course

Additional supporting literature:  , Erwin Kreyszig , Last edition, John Wiley & Sons.

A short introduction to Sobolev-spaces and applications for engineering students, Dag Lukkassen, Kompendium.