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Arbeitsgruppe Numerik

Kollegiengebäude Mathematik (20.30)
Zimmer 3.002 (3. OG)

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Institut für Angewandte und Numerische Mathematik 1
Englerstr. 2
76131 Karlsruhe

Montag bis Freitag 10-11 Uhr

Telefon:0721 608-42061
Fax:0721 608-43767

Exponential Integrators, Winter 2017/18

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Current announcements

  • In order to avoid frequent replacements due to obligations of Prof. Hochbruck for the DFG, there will be an alternative date for lectures. The schedule will be discussed in the first lecture on Monday, Oct 16. The lecture dates are always announced here.
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Weekly hours

2h lecture + 2h problem class (6 credit points)

Contents and Prerequisites

In this class we consider the construction, analysis, implementation and application of exponential integrators. The focus will be on two types of stiff problems.

The first one is characterized by a Jacobian that possesses eigenvalues with large negative real parts. Parabolic partial differential equations and their spatial discretization are typical examples. The second class consists of highly oscillatory problems with purely imaginary eigenvalues of large modulus.

Apart from motivating the construction of exponential integrators for various classes of problems, our main intention in this class is to present the mathematics behind these methods. We will derive error bounds that are independent of stiffness or highest frequencies in the system.

Since the implementation of exponential integrators requires the evaluation of the product of a matrix function with a vector, we will briefly discuss some possible approaches as well.

The course is meant for advanced Master students who are familiar with the basics of finite element methods and numerical methods for differential equations. Some knowledge on functional analysis is also helpful.



Tuesday, 15:45-17:15 in SR 3.061, building 20.30
Friday, 9:45-11:15 in SR 3.061, building 20.30
Monday, 15:45-17:15 in SR 3.061, building 20.30 (alternative date)
The problem class is split into a part integrated into the lecture and a biweekly tutorial.

Concrete dates

Please note that the dates for the lectures and problem classes may vary from week to week. The dates for the next weeks are listed below. If changes to already announced dates are required they will be highlighted by color.

cw 42:Monday16.10.(lecture)andFriday20.10.(lecture)
cw 43:Monday23.10.(tutorial)andTuesday24.10.(lecture)


The format of the exams will be the following:

  • Until the end of the semester, we will provide you with a list of possible questions for each chapter of the lecture.
  • You randomly draw three questions from this list, each from another chapter. One question can be redrawn from the same chapter with the possibility to answer the original question.
  • Then you are given 20 minutes for preparation (without any aid). Any notes that you prepare during this time can be used in the oral exam.
  • The actual oral exam will last additional 20 minutes during which you have to answer the questions. This leaves approximatly 7 minutes for each question. If the answer is too short we expect you to present further details of the topic. In order to assure that you understand all aspects of the topic in question, you can always be asked further questions.
  • The final grade will be the mean of the grades (1-6) from the three answered questions.

Lecture notes

The lecture notes provided here are a draft version, since they are written when the lecture progresses. This includes corrections shortly after the corresponding topic was discussed.

We are grateful for any suggested corrections and improvements.

Problem sheets

The problem sheets will be available here.


Will be completed during the lecture.