Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Semester One - Dr Simon Clarke (Clayton), Dr Andrew Percy (Gippsland); Semester Two - Associate Professor Steven Siems


Functions of several variables, partial derivatives, extreme values, Lagrange multipliers. Multiple integrals, line integrals, surface integrals. Vector differential calculus; grad, div and curl. Integral theorems of Gauss and Stokes. Use of a computer algebra package.


On completion of this unit students will be able to understand basic concepts in multivariable calculus and its applications in a number of areas of mathematics and science; they will be able to determine extreme values of multivariable functions; evaluate line, double, triple and surface integrals; comprehend the concepts of gradient, divergence and curl; use the divergence theorem and Stoke's theorem; and have developed skills in the use of computer algebra software as an aid for modelling and in the production of scientific reports.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Projects: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Simon Clarke (Semester One)
Associate Professor Steven Siems (Semester Two)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour computer laboratory per week


MTH1030, MTH1035, or MTH1085


MAT2901, MAT2911, MTH2015