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Numerical Methods for Physicists II

The course gives you knowledge about how to formulate, use, analyse, and implement advanced computer oriented numerical methods to solve problems in numerical algebra and differential equations from different application areas.

The course covers

  • Numerical algebra: Linear/non linear systems of equations. Direct and iterative methods. Perturbation theoryand condition. Eigenvalue problems and singular value decomposition. Linear/non linear model fitting.Numerical optimization.
  • Ordinary differential equations: initial value and boundary value problems. Difference methods and methodsof approach. Stability and accuracy. Stiff and non-stiff problems.
  • Partial differential equations: classification, boundary conditions. Finite differences and finite elementmethods. Stability and accuracy.
  • Practical exercises give training in managing applied problems from different areas of physics.

This course is given jointly with KTH, and you can find more information about the schedule, course literature etc. on KTH's pages - see links below.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of two elements; theory and practical exercises.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, exercises, and practical exercises.


    The course is assessed through written examination, and written and oral presentation of the practical exercises.


    A list of examiners can be found on

    Exam information

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Schedule for SF2520 at KTH

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See course information for SF2520 at KTH

  • More information

    Registered students get access to the KTH course web in Canvas.

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