Fall 2018
Multivariable Calculus
Math 18.02, Concourse - MIT
Fall 2018

Lectures and Recitations by:
Robert Winters
rwinters@mit.edu
Office: 16-137
Phone: x3-2050
(but e-mail is better)

Calendar of topics and
homework assignments
Solutions

Concourse 18.02 Stellar site


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The text for the course is
Multivariable Calculus, 6th Edition by Edwards & Penney (ISBN 0130339679 for softcover edition)
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"Calculus: Multivariable" by McCallum, Hughes-Hallett, Gleason, et al.

Table of Contents:

• Ch. 12 - Vectors, Curves, and Surfaces in Space

• Ch. 13 - Partial Differentiation

• Ch. 14 - Multiple Integrals

• Ch. 15 - Vector Calculus

Announcements:

Exam #2 will take place on Tuesday, October 23. The exam will cover partial derivatives, linear approximation, differentials, gradient vector, normal vectors to curves and surfaces, directional derivative, the Chain Rule, implicit differentiation, stationary points, second derivative test, optimization, the Method of Lagrange Multipliers, and (possibly) derivatives involving non-independent variables.

Practice Exam #2    Solutions to follow


Problem Set #6 (due Thurs, Oct 18) - You may use any method unless a particular method is specified.
References: Read sections 13.5 (Multivariable Optimization Problems), 13.9 (Lagrange Multipliers and Constrained Optimization).


The first Midterm Exam took place on Tues, Oct 2.
Exam topics: Vectors and vector algebra, dot product, cross product, applications to working with lines and planes, areas, volumes, angles, etc.; parameterized curves, velocity vectors, speed, arclength, unit tangent and normal vectors; partial derivatives, linear approximation, differentials, and directional derivative. You should also be familiar with methods for solving systems of linear equations (such as when finding the intersection of lines or planes) and related matrix ideas.

Approximate letter grades for Exam #1
Total points on exam was 50. Median score was 44.
Mean score was 43.7. Standard deviation was 3.2.
score grade   score grade
45+ A 32+ C+
43+ A– 30+ C
41+ B+ 28+ C–
38+ B 26+ D
35+ B– 0-25 F
Practice Questions for Exam #1     Solutions
Exam #1 Solutions

Problem Set #5 (due Fri, Oct 12)
References: Read sections 13.7 (Chain Rule and Implicit Differentiation), 13.8 (Directional Derivatives and the Gradient); the Supplement on the Chain Rule and Implicit Differentiation; and Supplementary Notes TA (Tangent Approximation), 13.10 (Critical Points of Functions of Two Variables and the Second Derivative Test); and Supplementary Notes LS (Least Squares Interpolation).

Problem Set #4 (due Fri, Oct 5)
References: Read sections 12.7 (Quadric Surfaces); 13.1-13.2 (Functions of Several Variables); 13.3 (Limits and Continuity);
13.4 (Partial Derivatives); 13.6 (Increments and Linear Approximation); Supplementary Notes TA (Tangent Approximation); and Lecture Notes.


Syllabus for Concourse Math 18.02     Printable syllabus (PDF)

Topics and Assignments are posted in the Course Calendar.

Mathlet (Java applet) for Curves and Surfaces (may be helpful for P-sets)

Text: Multivariable Calculus, 6th Edition by Edwards & Penney (ISBN 0130339679 for softcover edition).

Supplementary Notes: 18.02 Notes authored by Prof. Arthur Mattuck of the MIT Mathematics Department.

Mega-List of Math 18.02 techniques     Math 18.02 Useful Facts


Condensed Syllabus: (See the Calendar for day-by-day details and assignments, updated as the course proceeds.)
  • Vectors and vector algebra in R2 and R3; dot product, cross product, projection, equations of lines and planes. Matrix methods. (Chap. 12)
  • Parameterized curves and surfaces in R2 and R3; velocity and acceleration vectors; tangent vectors; arclength. (Chap. 12)
  • Functions of several variables - limits, continuity, and differentiabilty; partial derivatives, gradients, linear approximation, directional derivatives, Chain Rule. (Chap. 13)
  • Optimization - unconstrained and constrained. (Chap. 13)
  • Integration over regions in R2 and R3 and their applications, using Cartesian, polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates. (Chap. 14)
  • Vector fields and their applications. (Chap. 15)
  • Integration over curves in R2 and R3 by parameterization; work integrals, and applications. (Chap. 15)
  • Integration over surfaces in R3 by parameterization - flux integrals, surface area, and applications. (Chaps. 14,15)
  • Calculus of vector fields; curl and divergence of vector fields; Green’s Theorem, Stokes’ Theorem, and the Divergence Theorem. (Chap. 15)

Text: Multivariable Calculus, 6th Edition by Edwards & Penney (ISBN 0130339679 for softcover edition).


Singular Sensations - Steve Strogatz in the New York Times


Supplementary Notes: 18.02 Notes authored by Prof. Arthur Mattuck of the MIT Mathematics Department.

Homework: Homework will be posted on the course website and will be due approximately weekly. Typical assignments will include some exercises that are to be turned in as well as additional practice problems. Homework may be submitted in class or at my office, but it should be completed by the posted due date. Additional time will only be given if requested before the due date and if appropriate for the circumstances. You should not consult any solutions manual in preparing your assignments. You are encouraged to work with your fellow students on the homework, but your written solutions must be your own. Solutions will be made available (as PDF files) on the course website shortly after they are due.


Topics and Assignments are posted in the Course Calendar.

Mathlet (Java applet) for Curves and Surfaces (may be helpful for P-sets)


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