Calculus of One and Two Variables

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Calculus of One and Two Variables

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Completion one of MXB100, MXB101 or MZB125 is required 

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit introduces you to university level single variable calculus and simple multivariable calculus, building on prior assumed knowledge equivalent to high school differential and integral calculus. Topics include continuity and differentiability of functions, differential calculus (single and multi variable), Taylor series, integral calculus (single and multi variable). Multivariable and vector-valued functions are introduced and explored and natural extensions of the concepts of differentiation and integration to such functions are developed and investigated. This unit builds fundamental skills for you to transition to second year units and the majors, including applications of interest in each Major area of study.

    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this unit you will provide evidence that you can: 
    Interpret mathematical notation and use it in communicating your work.

    Recognise, construct and solve problems, in both abstract and real world contexts, using single and two variable functions and calculus, incorporating relevant mathematical software where appropriate.

    Demonstrate your ability to reduce complex problems to smaller elements.

    Apply principles of teamwork including demonstration of roles within a team.


    The mathematical content of the unit includes:
    Continuity and differentiability of functions of a single variable will be considered in greater depth than covered in previous studies.

    Techniques for integrating such as by parts and trigonometric substitution will be covered as well as simple approximations for integrals based on the Riemann sum. Applications of using integrals may include the calculation of volumes of revolution and centres of mass.

    Simple vector calculus is introduced in this unit by considering vector equations of lines, planes and curves. Applications may include the determination of arc length, projectile motion problems, and the use of polar coordinates.

    Multivariable calculus is introduced in this unit leading to the exploration of such ideas as level curves, partial derivatives, directional derivatives and the integration of multivariable functions. Applications may include the determination of extrema, the use of differentials for estimating functions and calculating volumes and other properties of 3 dimensional bodies.

    Where appropriate relevant mathematical software and related technologies will be introduced to support and illustrate concepts covered in the content of this unit.

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