Vector Calculus

  • Paul C. Matthews

Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


Vector calculus is the fundamental language of mathematical physics. It pro­ vides a way to describe physical quantities in three-dimensional space and the way in which these quantities vary. Many topics in the physical sciences can be analysed mathematically using the techniques of vector calculus. These top­ ics include fluid dynamics, solid mechanics and electromagnetism, all of which involve a description of vector and scalar quantities in three dimensions. This book assumes no previous knowledge of vectors. However, it is assumed that the reader has a knowledge of basic calculus, including differentiation, integration and partial differentiation. Some knowledge of linear algebra is also required, particularly the concepts of matrices and determinants. The book is designed to be self-contained, so that it is suitable for a pro­ gramme of individual study. Each of the eight chapters introduces a new topic, and to facilitate understanding of the material, frequent reference is made to physical applications. The physical nature of the subject is clarified with over sixty diagrams, which provide an important aid to the comprehension of the new concepts. Following the introduction of each new topic, worked examples are provided. It is essential that these are studied carefully, so that a full un­ derstanding is developed before moving ahead. Like much of mathematics, each section of the book is built on the foundations laid in the earlier sections and chapters.


Vector calculus algebra applied mathematics calculus dynamics mathematics mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul C. Matthews
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  1. 1.School of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of NottinghamUniversity ParkUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-76180-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-0597-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1615-2085
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