Vector Calculus

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Vector Calculus

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Calculus, Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Many quantities in the physical world can be represented by smoothly varying functions of position in two or three dimensions. This subject develops, with an emphasis on relevant calculations, the differential and integral calculus of scalar and vector fields in cartesian and curvilinear coordinates. Three important partial differential equations are introduced: the wave equation, the heat equation and Laplace's equation; to solve them, they are reduced to several ordinary differential equations by the technique of separation of variables. Laplace transforms are introduced as a technique for solving constant coefficient ordinary differential equations with discontinuous forcing terms, such as those which arise in electronics. Thus we generalize many of the techniques used in first year (to analyse functions of a single variable) to the several variable case, as most real-world systems depend crucially on multiple factors.  (For engineering students: stage one competencies 1.2, 3.2 and 3.4 are developed.)


    Course is typically offered during the Spring semester

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.