autumn 2020
END-3801 PDE and the Finite Element Method - 7.5 ECTS

Last changed 24.02.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April.

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single subject.

Admission requirements

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

Recommended prerequisites: Linear Algebra and Numerical Methods

Application code: 9371

Course overlap

SMN6203 PDE and the Finite Element Method 7.5 stp
SMN6199 Partial differential equations 5 stp

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 completing the course, the student should have obtained the following learning outcome:

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 analyze the problems in terms of weak formulations suitable for solving problems numerically via the 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).

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

There will be no re-sit/ continuation exam for this course.    

  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 7.5
  • Course code: END-3801
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