Syllabus for Advanced Numerical Methods

Avancerade numeriska metoder

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1TD050
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Computational Science A1F, Computer Science A1F, Technology A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-05-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2017
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits in science/engineering including 45 credits in mathematics, where linear algebra, vector calculus, transform theory (Fourier analysis) must be covered. Scientific Computing III. Applied Finite Element Methods or Finite Element Methods.

  • Responsible department: Department of Information Technology

Learning outcomes

To pass the course the student shall be able to

  • review and apply fundamental theory for mathematical modelling with partial differential equations;
  • analyse finite difference and finite element approximations of systems of partial differential equations;
  • review and describe application areas where different types of finite element and finite differences are used;
  • choose, formulate and implement appropriate numerical methods for solving science and engineering problems that are formulated as partial differential equations;
  • interpret, analyse and evaluate results from numerical computations;
  • use common software to solve application problems formulated as more complicated partial differential equations, such as linear elasticity and transport problems.


The content is built up around a design problem. It focuses on keywords such as consistency, convergence, stability, existence, uniqueness and efficiency.

The course covers the Fourier method, Energy method, normed vector spaces, bilinear forms, Lp - and Sobolev spaces, weak derivatives, elliptic boundary value problems, hyperbolic and parabolic time-dependent initial value problems, linearisation for nonlinear problems, interpolants and finite elements, higher order methods and elements, stabilisation, error bounds.

Analyse linear systems of partial differential equations, analyse finite difference and finite element methods of systems of nonlinear partial differential equations. The methodology in finite difference and finite element methods (Lax-Richtmeyer, Lax-Milgram) and applying explicit and implicit time discretisation methods.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and assignments.


Written final exam or, if less than 10 participants, oral exam (6 credits). Assignments (4 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2017

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Larson, M. G.; Bengzon, F. A first course in finite elements: lecture notes

    Department of Mathematics, Umeå university, 2010


Last modified: 2022-04-26