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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Math 231

Calculus of Several Variables

Course Description

MATH 231 covers only the differential calculus portion of MATH 230. Topics include partial derivatives, gradients, divergence, and curl, multi-variable chain rule, coordinate system transformations, and differential equations, with applications to geometry and optimization.

This course is completed by students in several programs in engineering, mathematics and the sciences and secondary education. For some programs, the integral portion of vector calculus is not required. For students in these programs, MATH 231 may be a more efficient alternative to MATH 230. Completion of MATH 231 and MATH 232 is equivalent to completion of MATH 230. On completing MATH 231, students may enroll in MATH 232, 401, 405, 411, 412.

Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

An honors version of this course is offered at least once per year.