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MT2506 Vector Calculus

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:9.00 am Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

This module introduces students to some of the fundamental techniques that are used throughout the mathematical modelling of problems arising in the physical world such as grad, div and curl as well as cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems. Fundamental theorems such as Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem and Gauss's Divergence Theorem will also be studied. It provides the foundation for many of the modules available in applied mathematics later in the Honours programme. It is recommended that students in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity take an even number of the 15-credit 2000-level MT modules.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for all MMath programmes.

Optional for all other undergraduate programmes in the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT2503
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT2003
UG Modules required for:MT3506, MT3601, MT4005, MT4509, MT4510

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 hours of lectures (x 10 weeks), 1-hour tutorial (x 5 weeks), 1-hour examples class (x 5 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 85%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 15%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 70%, Coursework (including class test) = 30%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof D G Dritschel
Module teaching staff:Prof D G Dritschel