Course syllabus

Matematisk modellering
Mathematical Modelling

FMAB40, 4 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2020-04-01

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: Pi1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to give awareness of the problems of mathematical modelling, i.e., what it means to create quantitative models which can give understanding of phenomena in reality. A further aim is that the student should learn to master some general tools and structures which can be used in modelling, and learn engineering ways of thinking. The course should also show how knowledge from the courses that the student studied during the first year may be used for practical modelling. Furthermore, the course should develop the student's abilities in oral and written presentation.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

be able to, independently or in a group, apply the mathematical modelling process on simple and realistic, but vaguely formulated problems, of which some are connected to environmental issues. More specifically, the student should show good ability to:

in writing as well as orally, with proper terminology, in a well-structured manner and with clear logic be able to explain the solution to a modelling problem.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



Modelling: The couplings between model and reality. Validation of a model. Some modelling tools. Simulations using Matlab.


Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: Written and oral reports of project work, carried out individually and in groups. Compulsory attendance at the project reports.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Assumed prior knowledge: Linear algebra. Calculus in one and several variables. Programming.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMA045, FMAA10

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Studierektor Anders Holst,
Teacher: Pelle Pettersson,
Course administrator: Studerandeexpeditionen,
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