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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Semester One - Dr Simon Clarke; Semester Two - Associate Professor Steven Siems



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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.


Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments and tests: 30%

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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


MTH1030, MTH1035, or MTH1085


ENG2005, ENG2006, ENG2091, MTH2015