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MATH13217 - Advanced Calculus

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit covers topics in multivariable calculus - differential and integral calculus as applied to scalar and vector functions of more than one variable. After reviewing vectors and the geometry of space, we investigate derivatives and integrals of vector functions with applications to arc length, curvature of space curves and motion in space. Then partial differentiation is studied by defining limits and continuity in two dimensions, and is used to define tangent planes, linear approximations and differentials. The chain rule is developed for functions of more than one variable as well as directional derivatives and the gradient vector, which leads into multivariate optimisation with and without constraints. Multiple integrals are studied by expanding the concept of single variable integrals to double and triple integrals which are evaluated as iterated integrals. These ideas are further developed to show how to calculate volumes, surface areas, masses and centroids of very general regions in two and three dimensional space as well as probability for bivariate distributions. Finally we investigate the calculus of vector fields. We define and study vector fields, line integrals and surface integrals. The connection between these new types of integrals and multiple integrals is given in three theorems - Green’s Theorem, Stokes’ Theorem and the Divergence Theorem - which turn out to be higher-dimensional versions of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Mathematical software is used to investigate and solve most problems in the unit. Note: If you have completed unit MATH12172 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite MATH12224 Calculus and Linear Algebra B

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
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Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.71% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: student feedback
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Students commented favourably upon : texkbook, the take-home exam and feedback on assignments
Recommendation
Continue to offer a positively supported resources
Action Taken
The resources such as textbook, the take-home exam and feedback on assignments continued.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Zoom sessions close to assessment due dates for any questions/struggles on coursework would be useful.
Recommendation
Open Zoom sessions to support students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Lots of material is available to support learning, along with textbook.
Recommendation
Keep the textbook for this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
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The University of Missouri video lectures were helpful.
Recommendation
Keep the University of Missouri video lectures.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Solve geometric problems in three dimensional space using vectors and their operators.
  2. Calculate derivatives and integrals of vector functions to solve problems involving arc length and curvature of space curves.
  3. Apply the concept of the limit, continuity and partial derivative of a function of many variables as well as calculate tangent planes, linear approximations and differentials.
  4. Apply the chain rule, directional derivatives and the gradient vector to solve problems, particularly multivariable optimisation problems either with or without constraints.
  5. Calculate double & triple integrals over general regions, and also in polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates.
  6. Apply the change of variables technique to simplify the evaluation of a double or triple integral.
  7. Evaluate line integrals both in space and of vector fields, plus solve problems involving the curl and divergence of a vector field.
  8. Calculate the surface integral of a scalar function or of a vector field, plus use Green’s theorem, Stokes’ Theorem and the Divergence Theorem to solve problems.
  9. Use mathematical software to visualise, analyse and solve problems in multivariable calculus.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
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2 - Written Assessment
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Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment