Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations

Module MA3303

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Mathematics.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

MA3303 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
270 h 90 h 9 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Introduction to finite difference schemes and finite element methods for the discretization of elliptic boundary value problems in 2D. Introduction to fast solvers (e.g., multigrid). Introduction to numerical methods for evolution equations.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students are able to understand and apply numerical solution techniques for partial differential equations. They have programming skills and are able to handle corresponding software.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 4 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations [MA3303] Wohlmuth, B. Montag, 10:00–12:00
Donnerstag, 16:15–17:45

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture, exercise module, assignments




Iserles, A.: A first course in the numerical analysis of differential equations. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996. Morton, K. W.; Mayers, D. F.: Numerical solution of partial differential equations. An introduction. Second edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

written exam

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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