Problem Solving in Vector Calculus

Course Description and Grading Breakdown
The course will be a quick introduction to some of the tools you need in vector calculus. Specifically, we will cover 
  • vectors, dot products, cross products, matrices and their determinants
  • using vectors to describe shapes in two and three dimensions
  • double and triple integrals
  • iterated integrals in other coordinate systems such as polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinates
  • partial derivatives, div, grad, curl and their meanings
  • line integrals, surface integrals, volume integrals
  • Gauss', Stokes' theorems
  • anything else that needs covering!
Grades will be based on attendance. If there is a clash with another class please contact Dmitri ASAP. 

Course Meeting Time and Location
Tuesday and Thursday
7:30 - 8:55 pm
310 Linde

Course Instructor Contact Information and Office Hours
375 Linde Hall

TA Contact Information and Office Hours
308 Linde Hall
Office Hours by appointment

Course Schedule and Textbook
The main textbook is "div, grad, curl and all that - an informal text on vector calculus" 4th edition by HM Schey.

Another good reference, especially for the early material, is "Vector Calculus" 6th edition by Marsden and Tromba.

See also K. Pilch's notes from last year's course, available here.

Also very useful is T. Einav's math bootcamp for Physics 1b An, available here

 DateTopic 
 Tues, Jan 8 Vectors, inner products, length 
 Thurs, Jan 10 Determinants, cross products, and volume


Course Policies
Standard Honor Code applies.


Example Problems and Other Handouts
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