This course takes calculus from the two dimensional world of single variable functions into
the three dimensional world, and beyond, of multivariable functions. Students explore the
following topics: vector geometry and the analytic geometry of lines, planes and surfaces;
calculus of curves in two or three dimensions, including arc length and curvature; calculus of
scalar-valued functions of several variables, including the gradient, directional derivatives
and the Chain Rule; Lagrange multipliers and optimization problems; double integrals in
rectangular and polar coordinates; triple integrals in rectangular, cylindrical and spherical
coordinates; calculus of vector fields including line integrals, curl and divergence,
fundamental theorem for line integrals and Green’s theorem.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Handle vectors fluently in solving problems involving the geometry of lines, curves,
planes, and surfaces in space.
- Visualize and draw graphs of surfaces in space.
- Differentiate scaler functions of vectors.
- Integrate vectors.
- Calculate extreme values using Lagrange multipliers.
- Solve double and triple integrals.
- Translate real-life situations into the symbolism of mathematics and find solutions for
the resulting models.
- Unit 1: Vector geometry, lines and planes in three dimensions
- Unit 2: Vector functions, surfaces in space
- Unit 3: Vector differentiation
- Unit 4: Double integration
- Unit 5: Triple integration
- Unit 6: Vector integration
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Stewart, James. (2016). Multivariable Calculus. 8th edition. Brooks
Textbook, ISBN: 9781305266643
- Stewart, James. (2016). Student Solutions Manual for Multivariable Calculus. 8th
edition. Brooks Cole.
Textbook, ISBN: 9781305271821
Good quality programmable scientific calculator is required.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall
course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.
|Assignment 1: Vectors and the Geometry of Space
|Assignment 2: Vector Functions
|Assignment 3: Partial Differentiation
|Assignment 4: Multiple Integrals
|Assignment 5: Applications – Triple Integration
|Assignment 6: Vector Integration
|Final Examination (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by
phone if you are taking the print version of the course and through the Learning Environment’s
“Mail” tool if you are taking the online version. Students will receive the necessary contact
information at the start of the course.