MA10230: Multivariable calculus and differential equations
[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]
Academic Year:  2021/2 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Certificate (FHEQ level 4) 
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Assessment Summary:  EX 100% 
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Requisites:  
Aims:  Introduce calculus in two and three dimensions. Introduce the mathematical methods to describe and solve problems in two and three dimensions. Introduce key mathematical methods for solving first and secondorder linear differential equations. Introduce the use of computer packages to help with physical interpretation of mathematical equations. There will be an emphasis on developing physical intuition throughout the unit. Mathematical methods will be motivated with examples from physics, engineering and other sciences. 
Learning Outcomes:  After taking this unit students should be able to: visualise curves, surfaces and solids and formulate their mathematical descriptions; interpret and work with partial derivatives, double and triple integrals; interpret, construct and solve standard first order and secondorder linear differential equations; use computer packages to visualise surfaces and solutions and compute quantities related to Part 1 (multivariate calculus) and Part 2 (dynamics and differential equations). 
Skills:  Numeracy T/F A
Problem Solving T/F A Information Technology T/F Written and Spoken Communication F (in tutorials) 
Content:  Part 1: The visualisation and analysis of space
Cartesian, polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems; arc length; surfaces of revolution; visualisation and parameterisation of threedimensional surfaces (planes paraboloids, spheres, cylinders, cones). Partial derivatives, critical points, chain rule. Jacobians and change of variables; double integrals over rectangular and nonrectangular domains; triple integrals; surface area and volume; the Riemann interpretation of adding infinitessimal elements. Key application: e.g. threedimensional computer graphics. Part 2: Dynamics and differential equations Firstorder linear and nonlinear differential equations: integrating factors, separable equations. Review of complex numbers and Euler's formula; secondorder linear constant coefficient equations: characteristic equations, real and complex roots, general real solutions; inhomogeneous problems. Key application: e.g. numerical and analytical investigation of damping and resonance. 
Programme availability: NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021 
MA10230 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Economics

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