Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (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:

  1. Understand and apply multivariable calculus to problems in the mathematical and physical sciences;

  1. Find and classify the extrema of functions of several variables;

  1. Compute Taylor series for functions of several variables;

  1. Compute line, surface and volume integrals in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical polar coordinates;

  1. Apply the integral theorems of Green, Gauss and Stokes;

  1. Use computer algebra packages to solve mathematical problems;

  1. Present a mathematical argument in written form.


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


ENG2091, MAT2901, MAT2911, MTH2015