- Homepage
- About the College
- Students
- Taught programmes (UG / PGT)
- Computer Science
- Engineering
- Geology (CSM)
- Mathematics (Exeter)
- Mathematics (Penryn)
- Mining and Minerals Engineering (CSM)
- Physics and Astronomy
- Renewable Energy
- Natural Sciences
- CSM Student and Staff Handbook

- Student Services and Procedures
- Student Support
- Events and Colloquia
- International Students
- Students as Change Agents (SACA)
- Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC)
- The Exeter Award
- Peer Support
- Skills Development
- Equality and Diversity
- Athena SWAN
- Outreach
- Information for New Students
- Living Systems Institute Webpage
- Alumni
- Info points and hubs

- Taught programmes (UG / PGT)
- Staff
- PGR
- Health and Safety
- Computer Support
- National Student Survey (NSS)
- Intranet Help
- College Website

Note: If you wish to add a link on another site which will always find the *current* module descriptor please use the following format: http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/emps/modules/[modulecode] replacing [modulecode] with the appropriate code.

## MTH2004 - Vector Calculus and Applications (2018)

MODULE TITLE | Vector Calculus and Applications | CREDIT VALUE | 15 |
---|---|---|---|

MODULE CODE | MTH2004 | MODULE CONVENER | Dr Claire Foullon (Coordinator) |

DURATION: TERM | 1 | 2 | 3 |
---|---|---|---|

DURATION: WEEKS | 0 | 11 weeks | 0 |

Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) | 189 |
---|

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

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.

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.

- 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.

Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities | 38.00 | Guided Independent Study | 112.00 | Placement / Study Abroad |
---|

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 |

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. |

Coursework | 20 | Written Exams | 80 | Practical Exams |
---|

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. |

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 |

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.

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. |
---|