In this unit, you will study 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, you will investigate derivatives and integrals of vector functions with applications to arc length, curvature of space curves and motion in space. 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. You will study multiple integrals 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 you 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 you will investigate the calculus of 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.
|Student Contribution Band||SCA Band 1|
|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.125|
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|Residential School||No Residential School|
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