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Multivariate Calculus Model Course Units

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Vectors in Space

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Unit 1 - Vector Algebra

  • Vector Algebra
  • Dot Product and Applications
  • Cross Product and Applications
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Unit 2 - Lines and Planes

  • Lines in Space
    • Two forms of a line in space: (1) parametric equations and symmetric equations
      • Express a line that passes two given points.
      • Express a line that passes through a given point and is parallel to a given line.
      • Express a line that passes through a given point and is perpendicular to a given line.
      • Express a line that passes through a given point and is perpendicular to two given lines that are not parallel.
      • Determine if two given lines are parallel, perpendicular or neither.
      • Determine if two given lines intersect or are skew, and find the intersection if they intersect.
      • Determine if a given line passes through a given point.
  • Planes in Space
    • Plane formula
      • Determine if a given plane contains a given point.
      • Express a plane that contains a given point and is perpendicular to a given vector.
      • Express a plane that contains a given point and is parallel to a given plane.
      • Express a plane that contains a given point and is perpendicular to a given plane.
      • Express a plane that contains a given point and is perpendicular to given two planes that are not parallel.
      • Determine if two given planes are parallel, perpendicular or neither.
      • Find the intersection of two planes that are not parallel.
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Unit 3 - Cylindrical Surfaces and Quadric surfaces

  • Cylindrical Surfaces
      • Sketch the curve f(x,y)=0, z=z0 (or g(x,z)=0, y=y0 or h(y,z), x=x0) in the xyz-space.
      • Sketch the surface f(x,y)=0 (or g(x,z)=0, or h(y,z)=0) in the xyz-space.
  • Quadric Surfaces
    • Quadratic equations for (1) sphere (2) ellipsoid (3) paraboloid (4) elliptic cone (5) hyperboloid of one sheet (6) hyperboloid of two sheet (7) hyperbolic paraboloid
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Unit 4 - Non-rectangular Coordinate Systems

  • Cylindrical Coordinates
  • Spherical Coordinates
  • Applications
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Vector-valued Functions in One Variable

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Unit 1 - Calculus of Vector Functions

  • Calculus of Vector-valued Function in One Variable
    • Vector-value function r(t)
      • Express the domain of r(t) a 2-D (or 3-D) vector-valued function in an interval notation.
      • Determine if a given point is on the curve traced out by r(t).
      • Sketch the curved traced out by r(t).
      • Find all values of t at which r(t) is parallel to a given vector.
      • Find all values of t at which r(t) is perpendicular to a given vector
    • Derivatives of Vector Functions
      • Compute the tangent vector r'(t) of r(t).
      • Find all values of t at which r(t) and r'(t) are perpendicular.
      • Show that r(t) and r'(t) are perpendicular at every t if the magnitude of r(t) is a constant.
    • Integrals of Vector Functions
      • Compute an indefinite integral of r(t).
      • Compute a definite integral of r(t).
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Unit 2 - Vector Function Applications

  • Arc Length
  • Curvature
  • Unit Tangent and Unit Normal vectors
  • Computing the radius, center and equation of osculating circle
  • Motion in Space: Velocity and Acceleration
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Multi-variable Functions

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Unit 1 - Multi-variable Functions

  • Domain and range
    • Find and sketch the domain of a given function.
    • Evaluate a function at a given point.
    • Find the range of a given function.
    • Sketch level curves (surfaces) of f(x,y) (f(x,y,z)).
    • Sketch the surface z=f(x,y) and traces f(x,y)=z0 on the surface.
  • Limits
    • Definition of limit
      • Show the limit of a function does not exist by showing the function has two different limits along two distinct paths, respectively.
      • Compute the limit or show limit does not exist using polar coordinates.
      • Compute the limit or show limit does not exist using the definition of limit.
  • Continuity
    • Definition of continuity
      • Determine if a function is continuous at a given point by checking if the limit is the same as the value of the function at this point.
      • Find the region over which the function is continuous.
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Unit 2 - Partial Derivatives - Rules

  • Partial Derivatives
    • Definitions of Partial Derivatives
      • Compute the first partial derivative of f with respect to x (y or z).
      • Sketch the tangent line at a given point on the trace f(x,y)=z0.
      • Compute higher order partial derivatives.
  • Partial Derivatives using Rules
    • Differentiation Rule
    • The Chain Rule
    • Implicit differentiation using partial derivatives
  • Directional Derivatives and the Gradient Vectors
    • Gradient Vectors
      • Compute the gradient vector of f at a given point.
      • Compute the gradient vector of f at any point in its domain.
      • Find all points at which the gradient of f is a zero vector.
      • Sketch the gradient vector of f(x,y) at (x0,y0) on the level curve f(x,y)=f(x0,y0).
    • Definition of Directional Derivative
    • Directional Derivative as the dot product of gradient vector and unit direction vector
      • Compute the directional derivative of f at a point along a unit direction.
      • Compute the directional derivative of f as (x,y) (or (x,y,z)) moves from point A to point B.
      • Find the maximum (minimum) rate of change of f at a given point and the corresponding direction vector.
      • Determine if f is increasing, decreasing or neither at a given point along a give direction.
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Unit 3 - Partial Derivatives - Applications

  • Tangent Planes and Linear and Quadratic Approximations
    • Tangent Planes and Linear Approximations
      • Find the equation of the tangent plane of the surface z=f(x,y) at (x0,y0).
      • Find all points (x,y) at which the tangent plane of z=f(x,y) at (x0,y0) is parallel to a given plane.
      • Find the linear approximation L(x,y) of f(x,y) at (x0,y0).
      • Approximate f(x1,y1) by L(x1,y1).
    • Quadratic Approximations
      • Find the quadratic approximation Q(x,y) of f(x,y) at (x0,y0).
      • Approximate f(x1,y1) by Q(x1,y1).
  • Maximum and Minimum Values
    • Critical Points
      • Find all critical points of f(x,y) (or f(x,y,z)).
    • Second Derivative Test for Local Maximum and Minimum
      • Find all local maximum and minimum of f(x,y) at the critical point (x0,y0) by the Second Derivative Test.
    • Absolute Maximum and Minimum
      • Find the absolute maximum and minimum of f(x,y) over a region.
  • Lagrange Multipliers


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Multiple Integrals

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Unit 1 - Double Integrals and Applications

  • Double Integrals
    • Double Integrals in the Rectangular Coordinates
      • Set up and evaluate a double integral over a rectangular region.
      • Set up and evaluate a double integral over a general region.
      • Change the order of a given double integral.
    • Double Integrals in Polar Coordinates
      • Set up and evaluate a double integral over a region in polar coordinates.
      • Express a given double integral in rectangular coordinates in polar coordinates.
  • Applications of Double Integrals
    • Area of a region
    • Average value of f(x,y) over a region
    • Surface area of a solid
    • Volume of the solid under the surface z=f(x,y) over a region
    • Centroid of a region, center of mass
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Unit 2 - Triple Integrals and Applications

  • Triple Integrals
    • Triple Integrals in Rectangular Coordinates
    • Triple Integrals in Cylindrical Coordinates
    • Triple Integrals in Spherical Coordinates
      • Set up a triple integral for in the rectangular, cylindrical or spherical coordinates.
      • Exchange the order of integration of a triple integral.
      • Exchange the coordinate systems of a triple integral.
  • Change of Variables in Multiple Integrals
  • Applications of Triple Integrals
    • Volume of a Solid
    • Average Value of f(x,y,z) over a Solid
    • Center of Mass
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Vector Calculus

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Unit 1 - Vector Fields

  • Vector Fields
    • Vector Fields in 2D and 3D
    • Gradient Vector Fields, and Conservative Vector Fields
      • For a given vector field, determine if it is conservative and find its potential function if it is conservative.
      • Sketch a vector field at a given point.
      • Sketch a trace of the flow of a velocity vector field.
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Unit 2 - Line Integrals in 2D and Applications

  • Parametric Equations for Curves (line segments, circle, ellipses)
  • Line Integrals of a scalar function
      • Set up a line integral of f(x,y) over a curve C.
      • Compute the total mass of a wire with a given density function.
  • Line Integrals of a vector field
      • Set up a line integral of vector field over a curve C.
      • Compute the total work done by a given force vector field along a curve C.
      • Compute the total circulation of a vector field along a closed curve C.
  • The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus for Line Integrals
      • Use a potential function of a conservative vector field F to evaluate the line integral of F along a curve C.
  • Green's Theorem
      • Use Green's Theorem to evaluate a line integral of a vector field over a closed curve when all required conditions are satisfied.
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Unit 3 - Line Integrals in 3D and Applications

  • Parametric Surfaces and Areas (sometimes optional due to time constraints)
  • Curl and Divergence (sometimes optional due to time constraints)
  • Surface Integrals (sometimes optional due to time constraints)
  • Stokes' Theorem (often optional)
  • The Divergence Theorem (often optional)
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