# Trond Varslot, dr.ing.

## Lecturing

*I remember well the first time I was asked to hold a substitute lecture. Not wanting
to let a colleague down, I agreed -- foolishly perhaps -- without knowing which subject
it was: a first-year calculus course to be held in the
largest lecture theatre at the university. I did not sleep much the night before stepping out
in front of 400 students. I don't mind lecturing now ...*

### Courses taught

*PHYS1004 - Life physics; ANU, 2009 and 2010.*The concepts of physics can be used to help understand many systems and processes in living organisms and the environment. In addition, physics has provided us with ideas and technologies which have revolutionized medicine and studies of biology and the environment, including techniques such as carbon dating, ultrasound, PET scans and more. This course is intended to provide non-physics students in the Colleges of Science (particularly those interested in biology and medical science) and students in the other Colleges with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of physics in the context of biological, medical and environmental examples. Topics covered may include: the relationship between force and energy, the physics of impact and stress, the physics of blood flow and breathing, hearing and seeing, radiation, medical imaging and nuclear power.*MA0601 - Mathematics for Non-Mathematicians; NTNU, 2005.*The course is aimed at discussing, and seeking answers to, the questions often raised in connection with mathematics as a disciplin, for example: What is mathematics - really? Is mathematics needed in an era of modern computers? How can mathematics be applied? Are there "eternal mathematical truths", or is mathematics a science based on experience? In addition, excursions into medicine, economy and technology are included. Other examples are chosen from our daily life experiences, with glimpses from the history of mathematics.*TMA4850 - Experts in Teamwork; NTNU, 2005.*The Experts in Teamwork course is to provide the students with practical skills in interdisciplinary teamwork. The course is normally compulsory in all masters degrees and professional studies at NTNU. The students get experience in how to apply their academic learning in a project setting, whilst simultaneously developing teamwork skills by learning from their own experience collaborating with others in interdisciplinary teams.*TMA4305 - Partial Differential Equations; NTNU, 2004.*First order equations, Cauchy's problems. Linear second order equations, classification, characteristics. Boundary-value problems for elliptic equations. Boundary- and initial-value problems for hyperbolic and parabolic equations. Fundamental solutions, max-min principles.*TMA4120 - Calculus 4K; NTNU, 2003.*Complex functions, complex integration, Laurent series and calculation of residues. The Laplace transform with applications for solving ordinary differential equations and integral equations. Fourier series and the Fourier transform with applications to solving linear partial differential equations.*Network administration and security; Høgskolestiftelsen på Kjeller -- now HIAK, 2000.*This course offers the students insight into the different components of a modern computer environment, and deals with configuring each component in order to maintain authentication and data security in a hostile environment.*Algorithms and Data Structures; Høgskolestiftelsen på Kjeller -- now HIAK, 1999.*Methods for analysing the efficiency of algorithms, divide and conquer techniques, recursive solution methods. In particular, we deal with searching and sorting, and data structures for efficient retrieval of data, dynamic programming and greedy algorithms. Practical implementation is performed in Java.