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Undergraduate Course: Several Variable Calculus and Differential Equations (MATH08063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Mathematics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMathematics Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionStudents taking this course should have either passed 'Calculus and its Applications' or be taking 'Accelerated Algebra and Calculus for Direct Entry' :
A several variable calculus course, and a first methods course for differential equations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Calculus and its Applications (MATH08058) OR Accelerated Algebra and Calculus for Direct Entry (MATH08062)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 139 )
Additional Notes Students must pass exam and course overall.
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 85 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Several Variable Calculus and Differential Equations (MATH08063)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Calculation dot product, cross product, arc-length and curvature.
2. Knowledge of limits and continuity for functions of several variables.
3. Calculating first and second order partial derivatives from formulae, and from first principles.
4. Calculating the gradient function, and the derivative map.
5. Using the chain rule to calculate partial derivatives of composite functions.
6. Identifying local extrema and critical points. Use the Hessian matrix to investigate the form of a surface at a critical point. Identify when the Hessian is positive definite, in two and three dimensions, using the subdeterminant criterion.
7. Using the Lagrange multiplier method to find local extrema of functions, under one constraint only.
8. Calculating easy double integrals. Change the order of integration in double integrals, for easy regions.
9. Calculating line integrals and surface integrals for easy functions. Use Green's Theorem in the plane.
10. Computation of grad, div, curl.
11. Use of Stokes' and divergence theorem in simple explicit cases.
12. Knowledge of direction fields and ability to classify differential equations.
13. Solution of first order linear ODE by separation, integrating factor and also numerically via Euler┐s method
14. Solution of any second-order linear homogeneous equation or system with constant coefficient, and inhomogeneous equation with trig or exponential or constant or periodic rhs, or by variation of parameters, or by series expansions.
Assessment Information
See 'Breakdown of Assessment Methods' and 'Additional Notes' above.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Week 1: Vectors and Vector functions: Book 1, Chapters 13 & 14.
Week 2-4: Partial derivatives: Book 1, Chapter 15.
Week 4-7: Multiple integrals and Vector Calculus: Book 1, Chapters 16 & 17.
Week 8-9: First order differential equations: Book 2, Chapters 1 & 2.
Week 10-11: Second order differential equations and series solutions: Book 2, Chapters 3 & 5.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Students are expected to have a personal copies of :
Book 1: Calculus, International Metric Edition 6e by James Stewart. (This book is also relevant for Y1 courses.)


Essential Calculus : Early Transcendentals, International Metric Edition, 2nd Edition

Book 2: Elementary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 9th Edition by William E. Boyce and Richard C. DiPrima (This book is also relevant for Y3 courses.)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Tom Mackay
Tel: (0131 6)50 5058
Course secretaryMr Martin Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6427
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