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FE404 Mathematics for Renewable Energy

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

FE404 is the second of two courses in mathematics for the bachelor program in Renewable Energy. Together, the two courses provide the mathematical background needed for the technological courses in the program. FE404 gives an deeper understanding of differentiation and integration, as well as an introduction to differential equations and linear algebra.

Learning Outcome

The course provides further knowledge about how mathematics is used to handle problems within renewable energy.


The student has

  • knowledge of differentiation and integration
  • knowledge of differential equations and how they describe change
  • knowledge of linear algebra and matrices


The student can 

  • use trigonometry and vector calculations to evaluate relevant natural resources such as solar radiation and wind conditions
  • use derivation to investigate how different systems change
  • recognize and analyse differential equations
  • form and solve systems of linear equations



The student

  • can analyse and evaluate mathematical models within renewable energy
  • collect and evaluate relevant data sets

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

MA415 Elementary Calculus

Teaching methods

Lectures, discussions, assignments and exercises

Compulsory learning activities

One (1) written assignment. The assignment must be approved (passed) before one may take the exam.  


Written school exam, 4 hours.

Grading scale A-F, where F represents a fail.

Examination support material

Basic calculator (non-programmable)

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • FE400 - Energi, teknologi og miljø - Reduction: 6 studypoints