Course syllabus

Avancerad kurs i numeriska algoritmer med Python/SciPy
Advanced Course in Numerical Algorithms with Python/SciPy

FMNN25, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

Elective for: D4, E4-pv, F4, F4-bs, F4-fm, MSOC2, Pi4-bs, MMSR2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course is intended as an algorithm oriented complement to most of the basic and specialized courses in numerical analysis, which are focused on analysis of methods. The course emphasizes the coupling between complex numerical algorithms and modern programming languages.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Introduction to Python for students already familar with other programming languages. The use of object oriented programming in scientific computing. Scipy/Numpy datastructures.

Examples of complex numerical algorithms from various subjects in numerical analysis,

Coupling to advanced numerical libraries in C and Fortran (Netlib).

Automatic tests in scientific computing. Graphical representation of mathematical results (animation). The use of Python to control system processes.

The course may be complemented with special contributions of invited guest teachers.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: A larger programming project to be carried out in group, and to be presented at a seminar. Opposition on the report of another group. Compulsory attendance at all presentations.

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: Basic course in numerical analysis. Programming experience in some of the languages Java, C, C++, Fortran, Python and Matlab.
The number of participants is limited to: 60
Selection: Completed university credits within the programme according to Ladok. (For students in master's programmes 180 credits corresponding to a bachelor degree are added.) Priority is given to students enrolled on programmes that include the course in their curriculum.
The course overlaps following course/s: NUMN25, NUMN21

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Contact and other information

Director of studies: Anders Holst,
Course administrator: Student Office,
Course coordinator: Andreas Langer,
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