Scientific Computing I - Winter 16

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Winter 16
Prof. Dr. Michael Bader
Time and Place
Wednesday, 10-12; MI HS 2 (starts Oct 26)
Computational Science and Engineering, 1st semester
Denis Jarema, Steffen Seckler
time and place:
  I group: Wednesday, 14:15-15:45, MI 02.07.023,
 II group: Monday, 14:15-15:45, MI 03.13.010
Semesterwochenstunden / ECTS Credits
4 SWS (2V+2Ü) / 5 Credits
lecture, tutorial


  • Election of CSE representative: on Nov 30, from 11.30, the CSE students attending the lecture will elect their representative; the lecture will end at 11.30.
  • The lecture on Nov 2 will be cancelled due to the students assembly (Fachschaftsvollversammlung)
  • The lecture in the first week (on Oct 19) will be cancelled, as the CSE students have an alternate program on this day


The lecture will cover the following topics in scientific computing:

  • typical tasks in the simulation pipeline in scientific computing;
  • classification of mathematical models (discrete/continuous, deterministic/stochastic, etc.);
  • modelling with (systems) of ordinary differential equations (example: population models);
  • modelling with partial differential equations (example: heat equations);
  • numerical treatment of models (discretisation of ordinary and partial differential equations: introduction to Finite Volume and Finite Element Methods, grid generation, assembly of the respective large systems of linear equations);
  • analysis of the resulting numerical schemes (w.r.t. convergence, consistency, stability, efficiency);

An outlook will be given on the following topics:

  • efficient implementation of numerical algorithms, both on monoprocessors and parallel computers (architectural features, parallel programming, load distribution, parallel numerical algorithms)
  • interpretation of numerical results (visualization)

Lecture Notes and Material

Slides of the lectures, as well as worksheets and solutions for the tutorials, will be published here as they become available.

Day Topic Material
Oct 26 Introduction - CSE/Scientific Computing as a discipline slides: discipline.pdf, fibo.pdf
Oct 24/26 Worksheet 1 Worksheet 1, Solution 1
Oct 31/Nov 2
Nov 7/9
Worksheet 2/3 Worksheet 2/3, Solution 2/3
Nov 9 Population Models - Continuous Modelling (Parts I to II) slides: population.pdf
python worksheets: Lotka Volterra, Population Models
maple worksheets: lotkavolt.mws,
maple_lotkavolt.pdf, maple_popmodel.pdf
Nov 9, 16 Population Models - Continuous Modelling (parts III to IV) slides: population2.pdf
Nov 14/16 Worksheet 4 Worksheet 4, Solution 4
Nov 21/23 Worksheet 5 Worksheet 5, Solution 5,
ipython notebook version: W5x-Direction_Fields_for_ODE.ipynb
Nov 23 Numerical Methods for ODEs
(part I)
slides: ode_numerics.pdf
python worksheets: Numerics ODE
maple worksheets: numerics_ode.mws,
Nov 28/30 Worksheet 6 Worksheet 6


Catalogue of Exam Questions

The following catalogue contain questions collected by students of the lectures in winter 05/06 and 06/07. The catalogue is intended for preparation for the exam, only, and serves as some orientation. It's by no means meant to be a complete collection.

Last Years' Exams

Please, be aware that there are always slight changes in topics between the different years' lectures. Hence, the previous exams are not fully representative for this year's exam.


Books and Papers

  • A.B. Shiflet and G.W. Shiflet: Introduction to Computational Science, Princeton University Press (in particular Chapter 3,5,6)
  • G. Strang: Computational Science and Engineering, Wellesley-Cambridge Press, 2007
  • G. Golub and J. M. Ortega: Scientific Computing and Differential Equations, Academic Press (in particular Chapter 1-4,8)
  • Tveito, Winther: Introduction to Partial Differential Equations - A Computational Approach, Springer, 1998 (in particular Chapter 1-4,7,10; available as eBook in the TUM library)
  • A. Tveito, H.P. Langtangen, B. Frederik Nielsen und X. Cai: Elements of Scientific Computing, Texts in Computational Science and Engineering 7, Springer, 2010 (available as ebook in the TUM library)
  • B. DiPrima: Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, Wiley, 1992 (excellent online material)
  • D. Braess: Finite Elements. Theory, Fast Solvers and Applications in Solid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press (in particular I.1, I.3, I.4, II.2)

Online Material