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Vector Calculus, 1/e

Susan Jane Colley, Oberlin College

Published July, 1997 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1998, 532 pp.
ISBN 0-13-149204-7

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A traditional and accessible calculus text with a strong conceptual and geometric slant that assumes a background in single- variable calculus. The text uses the language and notation of vectors and matrices to clarify issues in multivariable calculus. It is designed to provide a greater challenge than the multivariable material typically found in the last four or five chapters of a three-semester calculus text. This challenge is balanced by clear and expansive writing and an interesting selection of material.


Uses vector and matrix notation, particularly for differential topics, to foster a more general discussion and clarify the analogy between concepts in single- and multivariable calculus.
Presents an optional, very lucid treatment of differential forms.
Presents a variety of topics not usually found in a text at this level offering flexibility for students and instructors.
Incorporates more than 500 diagrams and figures that connect analytic work to geometry and assist with visualization.
Provides some emphasis on mathematical rigor, but presents more technical derivations at the ends of sections. Proofs are available for reference but positioned so as to not interfere with the main flow of ideas.
Supplies some gentle suggestions regarding problems benefiting from or requiring a computer algebra system or visualization software.
Includes several important pedagogical features:

  • Key results and items are set off clearly from supporting discussions.
  • Many fully worked examples that are integral to the text. These examples are used both to motivate and explicate the main ideas and techniques.
  • More than 1000 exercises, from routine reinforcement of basic definitions, computations, and results, to more challenging conceptual questions.

Table of Contents
Each chapter ends with a section of Miscellaneous Exercises.
    1. Vectors.

      Vectors in Two and Three Dimensions. More About Vectors. The Dot Product. The Cross Product. Equations for Planes; Distance Problems. Some n-Dimensional Geometry. New Coordinate Systems.

    2. Differentiation in Several Variables.

      Functions of Several Variables; Graphing Surfaces. Limits. The Derivative. Properties; High-order Partial Derivatives. The Chain Rule. Directional Derivatives and the Gradient.

    3. Vector-Valued Functions.

      Parametrized Curves and Kepler's Laws. Arclength and Differential Geometry. Vector Fields: An Introduction. Gradient, Divergence, Curl, and the Del Operator.

    4. Maxima and Minima in Several Variables.

      Differentials and Taylor's Theorem. Extrema of Functions. Lagrange Multipliers. Some Applications of Extrema.

    5. Multiple Integration.

      Introduction: Areas and Volumes. Double Integrals. Changing the Order of Integration. Triple Integrals. Change of Variables. Applications of Integration.

    6. Line Integrals.

      Scalar and Vector Line Integrals. Green's Theorem. Conservative Vector Fields.

    7. Surface Integrals and Vector Analysis.

      Parametrized Surfaces. Surface Integrals. Stoke's and Gauss's Theorems. Further Vector Analysis; Maxwell's Equations. An Introduction to Differential Forms.

    Suggestions for Further Reading.
    Answers to Selected Exercises.


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