cod. 1005704

Academic year 2015/16
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Analisi numerica (MAT/08)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

Knowledge: basic concepts for the numerical modeling of partial differential equations, fundamental elements of the finite differences techniques, finite elements techniques, spectral methods and Boundary Element Method.
Skills: application of knowledge to the classical linear elliptic parabolic and hyperbolic equations with the acquisition of autonomy in the evaluation of algorithmic aspects of implementation related to stability and efficiency.


Knowledge of a programming language (Matlab, Fortran).

Course unit content

Problems for equations of elliptic type: variational formulation of elliptic boundary value problems; collocation method, Galerkin method (finite elements, spectral elements) and hints to the Boundary Element Method (BEM); finite difference method and stabilization methods for advection-diffusion-reaction problems. Approximation of evolutionary problems for equations of parabolic type: semi-discretization in space and time, teta-method, finite difference method. Hyperbolic problems: finite difference methods and Boundary Element Method.

Full programme

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• “Modellistica Numerica per Problemi Differenziali”, A. Quarteroni, ed. Springer, 2000.
• “Numerical Approximation of Partial Differential Equations”, A. Quarteroni, A. Valli, ed. Springer, 1994.
• “Problemi e Modelli Matematici nelle Scienze Applicate”, V. Comincioli, ed. CEA, 1993.

Teaching methods

During the lectures the contents of the course will be analyzed, highlighting the difficulties related to the introduced numerical techniques. Moreover, the course will consist of a part of supervised autonomous re-elaboration consisting in the application of the numerical techniques through laboratory programming. This activity will allow students to acquire the ability to deal with "numerical" difficulties and to evaluate the reliability and consistency of the obtained results.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam includes:
• the assignment of a work for the application of numerical techniques introduced to solve a specific problem. The analysis of the results obtained by the student will allow to evaluate the acquisition of the above listed skills. In particular the threshold of sufficiency is fixed to the ability to achieve reliable numerical results.
• an assessment of the knowledge through a discussion of topics of the course. The threshold of sufficiency consists in the knowledge of the discriminating characteristics of the various methods presented in the course.

Other information

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