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Calculus and Applications 2 KMA252


This unit is a continuation of KMA152 and KMA154, with emphasis on the application of multivariable calculus and Fourier Series to problems in mathematics, the physical and biological
sciences, economics, and engineering. The calculus section of this unit is focussed on dealing with functions of several variables; the typical case is ?? = ??(??, ??). Functions like this are important because they describe many of the situations we encounter when applying mathematics to models of the real world. The graph of the function z ? f (x, y) is a surface, and so might be used to describe building structures; aeroplane wings; temperature, stress, and pressure distributions; income as a function of various expenses; and so on. We need to be able to say how rapidly such a surface curves, and that immediately requires us to do calculus on functions of two (or more) variables. We will also need to consider vectors that are functions of several variables. Some obvious examples of these are the velocity vector in a moving fluid, the heat-flow vector in a solid, and the electric and magnetic fields produced by an antenna. This will lead us to consider more advanced concepts such as circulation, compressibility, divergence, and curl. Understanding this material is fundamental to the study of all areas of Engineering and (continuum) Applied Mathematics, and it underpins modern continuum mechanics and electromagnetic theory. Topics will be introduced in the Cartesian (rectangular) coordinate system but we will also investigate functions, regions, and vectors defined in cylindrical and spherical coordinates. The Fourier-Series section of this unit is concerned with how to represent periodic functions. We have previously looked at power series as an infinite sum of terms involving increasing powers of a particular variable. A Fourier series is an infinite sum of terms involving
sine and cosine functions. This is an important concept for solving problems in acoustics, signal processing, heat-flow theory, fluid mechanics, vibrations, electromagnetic field theory,
and so on.


Unit name Calculus and Applications 2
Unit code KMA252
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor Michael Brideson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • understand the role of multi-variable calculus, vector calculus, and fourier series in the fields of mathematics, the sciences, and engineering.
  • exhibit knowledge of the principles and concepts of multi-variable calculus, vector calculus, and fourier series.
  • apply mathematical principles, concepts, techniques, and technology to solve practical and abstract problems of multi-variable calculus and vector calculus.
  • interpret and present information communicated in mathematical and plain english form.
  • demonstrate personal and social responsibility in the ethical application of approaches to problem solving, self-directed learning, and group learning.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010101 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,402.00

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Admission into a Masters course OR (KMA152 Mathematics 1A OR JEE103 Mathematics I) AND (KMA154 Mathematics 1B OR JEE104 Mathematics II)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

3x1-hr lectures, 1-hr tutorial weekly, 1- hr lab session approximately every three weeks.

AssessmentOnline quizzes (10%)|Examination (70%)|Assignments (20%)
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