OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Extends the concepts developed in Calculus to functions of several variables and differential equations. Topics include differential equations, partial differentiation, optimisation, vector calculus. Applications and modelling will be considered.

Unit content

Differential Equations (Topics 1 to 3) - Ordinary differential equations - First-order linear differential equations - Systems of linear equations - Applications and modelling

Functions of Several Variables (Topics 3 to 6) - Functions of two or more variables - Limits and continuity - Partial differentiation - The chain rule - Higher order partial derivatives - Optimisation - Lagrange multipliers

Multiple Integrals (Topics 7 and 8) - Double and triple integrals - Polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates - Change of variable - Applications

Vector Calculus (Topics 9 and 10) - Vector functions - Limits, differentiation and integration - Gradient, divergence and curl - Line integrals and Green's Theorem

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Hughes-Hallett, D, 2008, Calculus: Single and multivariate, 5th (or 6th) edn, Wiley.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (8)
Exam: closed book50%

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