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MTH2004 - Vector Calculus and Applications (2018)

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MODULE TITLEVector Calculus and Applications CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEMTH2004 MODULE CONVENERDr Claire Foullon (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 189
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module introduces you to vector calculus and its applications, especially fluid dynamics. It consists of two parts, which are closely linked. In the first part of the module, you will learn about the mathematical theory and techniques of vector calculus. You will develop your competence in using vector calculus in both differential and integral forms. The second part of the module gives an introduction to fluid dynamics as an application of vector calculus. It lays down some basic principles using a number of simplifying assumptions. The module will emphasise inviscid, incompressible flow; later modules will cover the subject of viscous flow.

 

This module is a prerequisite for a number of more specialist modules in the third year.

 

Prerequisite modules: MTH1002 and MTH2003 or equivalent
 

AIMS - intentions of the module

This introductory vector calculus course aims to increase your understanding of fluid dynamics. It examines how one can use vector formalism and calculus together to describe and solve many problems in two and three dimensions. For example, the rules that govern the flow of fluids can be described using vector calculus, with resulting laws of motion described by partial differential equations rather than ordinary differential equations.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 comprehend the meaning and use of vector calculus notation;
2 perform manipulations with vector calculus in both differential and integral forms (line, surface and volume integrals);
3 appreciate the application of vector calculus to problems in inviscid fluid mechanics.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
4 understand a number of mathematical modelling techniques with application to fluid dynamics.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
5 reveal how to formulate and solve complex problems.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- summation convention;
- definitions of scalar field, level surface, vector fields, field lines;
- motivation from fluid flow;
- vector differentiation and the differential operators: gradient, divergence, and curl;
- examples in 3D for Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinates;
- line integrals and elementary surface and volume integrals;
- Stokes' theorem and the divergence theorem;
- introduction to continuum mechanics and Eulerian fluid mechanics;
- velocity, acceleration, streamlines and pathlines;
- the continuity equation and incompressibility;
- vorticity and circulation;
- pressure, constitutive equations, Euler's equations, steady and unsteady flows;
- irrotational and rotational motion;
- velocity potential for irrotational motion;
- Bernoulli's equation.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 38.00 Guided Independent Study 112.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33 Lectures including examples classes
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5 Tutorials
Guided independent study 112 Lecture and assessment preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Exercise sheets 5 x 10 hours 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Oral feedback in tutorial classes; written tutor feedback on submitted solutions.
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 20 Written Exams 80 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 80 2 hours 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Via SRS.
Mid-module test 20 30 minutes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Marked script.
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.


If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Acheson D.J. Elementary Fluid Dynamics Clarendon Press 1990 978-0-198-59679-0 [Library]
Set Finney R.L., Maurice D., Weir M and Giordano F.R. Thomas' calculus based on the original work by George B. Thomas, Jr. 10th or later Addison-Wesley 2003 000-0-321-11636-4 [Library]
Set Matthews P.C Vector Calculus 1st Springer 1998 978-3540761808 [Library]
Extended Batchelor G.K. An Introduction to Fluid Dynamics Cambridge University Press 1999 000-0-521-04118-X [Library]
Extended Arfken G.B. & Weber H.J. Mathematical Methods for Physicists Electronic Harcourt/ Academic Press 2005 000-0-120-59825-6 [Library]
Extended Tritton D.J. Physical Fluid Dynamics 2nd Clarendon Press, Oxford 1988 000-0-198-54493-6 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES MTH1002, MTH2003
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 5 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Wednesday 11 January 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 28 February 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Vector calculus; differential operators; line, surface and volume integrals; integral theorems; curvilinear coordinates; inviscid fluid dynamics.