Introduction to Scientific Computing

5 credits

Course, Bachelor's level, 1TD342

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, Swedish

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English For exchange students

Autumn 2023 Autumn 2023, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, Swedish Only available as part of a programme

Spring 2024 Spring 2024, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, Swedish

Spring 2024 Spring 2024, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, Swedish

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English

Autumn 2024 Autumn 2024, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English For exchange students

About the course

Today, a common way to study and analyse different processes in natural sciences, engineering, and also in human sciences, is to use computers, simulations and mathematical and statistical models. Simulations on the computer screen work as a complement to, and sometimes as a replacement to experiments and theory. Computers and mathematical/statistical models are used to describe reality and to produce new products that can be more energy efficient and more friendly to the environment. Models and simulations are also used to study the future, for example, climate change, and can therefore affect political decisions. When computations take place in computers, the methods that are used are very different from the hand calculation methods you learned in school. In scientific computing, we study these computational methods.

In this course, you learn about the principles and the ideas behind these computational methods, but also how to think when you solve problems with computers and programming. Basic concepts, ideas, and methods in scientific computing are covered in the course. The main themes in the course are numeric solutions to integrals, non-linear equations and differential equations in one variable.

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