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MATH 253 Multivariable Calculus

Prerequisite: MATH 202 or permission of instructor. Students who did not complete MATH 201 or 202 at Hood must enroll in MATH 200L Calculus Workshop concurrently. (First semester/4 credits)  

An extension of calculus to several variables. Vector calculus: vector-valued functions; speed, velocity, and curvature; parametric equations; polar coordinates; Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems; vector fields and line integrals; Green's Theorem. Functions of several variables: quadric surfaces, planes, partial and directional derivatives, the gradient, double and triple integrals. Emphasis is on problem solving, collaborative work, computer exploration, writing.