Course syllabus

Kontinuerliga system
Applied Mathematics

FMA021, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: F2, Pi2
Elective for: D4, E4, M4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Within the engineering sciences the term "continuous system" means a system whose state space is described by a continuous family of parameters. Continuous systems occur frequently in physics and other natural sciences, in mechanics, electricity and other engineering sciences, in economic sciences, etc. To describe a continuous system one is in general led to partial differential equations (pde).

One aim of the course is to provide mathematical tools, and the ability to use them, for the whole chain model building - analysis - interpretation av solutions to pde:s appearing for such systems. Another aim is the converse: to lay a foundation for a general competence in mathematics, useful in further studies as well as in professional activities, by showing how abstract mathematical concepts, such as Hilbert spaces, may be used in concrete applications. A further aim is that the student should become acquainted with the use and usability of software packages for computation and simulation.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Physical models. Fourier's method, series expansions and integral transforms. Green functions. Wave propagation. Function spaces and function norms. Hilbert spaces. Sturm-Liouville operators and their eigenvalues and eigenfunctions. Special functions, e.g.,  Bessel, Legendre, spherical harmonics. Distributions. The Fourier and Laplace transforms. Something about the numerical solution of partial differential equations.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written test comprising theory and problem solving. Computer sessions. A voluntary test at the middle of the course provides an opportunity to collect credits for the final exam.

Code: 0198. Name: Applied Mathematics.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH.
Code: 0298. Name: Laboratory work.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: FMAF05 Systems and Transforms.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMAF15, FMA020, FMA022, FMFF15

Reading list

Contact and other information

Director of studies: Studierektor Anders Holst,
Teacher: Pelle Pettersson,
Course administrator: Studerandeexpeditionen,
Course homepage:
Further information: Any credits acquired by passing the voluntary written test at the middle of the course expire after a year. Thereafter it is possible to participate in the voluntary test the following year in order to try to acquire new credits. The credits may only be used to raise a failing grade to a pass, but not to raise a pass to a higher mark.