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Numerical Solution Methods for Finite Dimensional Problems
(dt. Numerik endlichdimensionaler Probleme)

Level, degree of commitment in original study programme Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises.
Examination type: Written or oral examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for study course M.Sc. Mathematics.
Original study programme M.Sc. Mathematik / Vertiefungsbereich Mathematik
One semester,
Jedes zweite Wintersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Stephan Dahlke


Methods for eigenvalue problems of matrices, fast iteration methods for large systems of equations. Selected additions, such as curve tracking for nonlinear equation systems or fast decomposition methods (FFT, wavelet transformation)

Qualification Goals

The students shall

  • be empowered to classify practical problems in relation to applicable methods and the effort involved,
  • deal with different methods, their different applications and the differences in efficiency and universality of the methods,
  • see how to build up and analyze solution methods from different basic methods for complex tasks,
  • learn about the development of efficient methods by combining building blocks of different characteristics in the core topic of iterative methods for large systems of equations,
  • practice mathematical working methods (development of mathematical intuition and its formal justification, training of the abstraction capability, proof techniques),
  • improve their oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: either Foundations of Mathematics and Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II or Basic Linear Algebra, either Analysis I and Analysis II or Basic Real Analysis, Numerical Analysis.

Recommended Reading

  • Stoer, J., Bulirsch, R.: Numerische Mathematik II, Springer, 2000;
  • Golub, G., van Loan, C.: Matrix Computations, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990;
  • Hanke-Bourgeois, M.: Grundlagen der Numerischen Mathematik und des Wissenschaftlichen Rechnens, Teubner, 2002.

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