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Course module: 202001230
Vector Calculus
Course info
Course module202001230
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. T.S. Craig
PreviousNext 3
dr. T. Akkaya
Examiner A. Braaksma
dr. T.S. Craig
Contactperson for the course
dr. T.S. Craig
prof.dr. J.L. Hurink
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
1.  Sketch and describe regions in R^2 and R^3 in Cartesian, polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates as applicable
2. Calculate integrals of multivariable functions
  • determine whether a given vector field is conservative and if so identify its potential
  • parametrise curves and compute line integrals, including in the applications of work and mass
  • compute double, surface and triple integrals, including in the applications of mass, area, volume and flux
3. apply the theorems of Gauss (Divergence), Green and Stokes
  • compute the divergence and curl of a vector field and explain their physical meanings
  • decide which type of integral is relevant for each application
Vector Calculus extends the single variable calculus of Calculus 1 and 2 into multivariable and vector calculus. The course deals extensively with integration; we shall cover double, triple, surface and line integrals. In the contexts of double and triple integrals we shall carry out coordinate changes, While our major focus is on shifts between Cartesian and polar/cylindrical/spherical coordinates, we shall also look at special one-off cases of coordinate changes. A key feature of this section of the course is the Jacobian. Applications we shall look at include area (double, surface), mass (line, double, surface, triple), work done (line) and flux (surface). We shall look at vector fields and line integrals of vector fields where path independence is an important concept. Using the concepts of div and curl, we shall close the course off with the powerful vector calculus theorems: Green’s, Stokes’ and Divergence, which extend the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus into higher dimensional spaces.
Assumed previous knowledge
Recommended: Calculus 1 for AT&EE and Calculus 2 for AT&EE, or similar courses up to and including and introduction to multivariable functions.
Module 3
Participating study
Bachelor Advanced Technology
Required materials
Adams, R.A., Essex, C. (2018).Calculus: a Complete Course (Ninth edition). Pearson. ISBN: 9780134154367
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Self study with assistance
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Vector Calculus

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