Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryAdvanced Studies (Enhance Program)
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr John McCloughan


This unit is an alternative to MTH2010 for students with a strong mathematical foundation.
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 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;

  1. Understand and apply the formal definition of a limit to functions of several variables;

  1. Prove various identities between grad, div and curl;

  1. Develop and present rigorous mathematical proofs.


Continuous assessments: 40%
Final Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures plus one 2-hour tutorial/computer laboratory per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A High Distinction in VCE Enhancement Mathematics or MTH1030; a Distinction in MTH1035; or by approval of the Head of School of Mathematical Sciences. In order to enrol in this unit students will need to apply via the Faculty of Science office.