MATH2530 - Advanced Calculus I for Physical Science and Engineering - 2017/18

Course Year: 


  • (Jan 9) For the course outline, see here.
  • (Jan 9) The tentative time for Quiz 1, Quiz 2 is Feb 8, Mar 22, 6:30pm-7:30pm. If you are not available, please inform us by email before or on Jan 12, Friday.
  • (Jan 9) No tutorial in the first week.
  • (Feb 2) Quiz 1 will be on Feb 8, Thur, 6:30pm-7:30pm, in LSB LT6, covering all the topics up to (including) 3.1. Curve and tangent vector.
  • (Mar 15) Quiz 2 will be on Mar 22, Thur, 6:30pm-7:30pm, in LSB LT6, covering all the topics in Chap 3, Chap 4, Chap 5 (Only Section 5.1 and 5.2).

General Information


  • XIAO, Jingjing
    • Office: LSB 210
    • Tel: 3943-7985
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • YANG Jingling
    • Office: LSB 232
    • Tel: 3943 5294
    • Email:
  • LI Chorhung
    • Office: LSB 222A
    • Tel: 3943 3575
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tu 13:30-14:15, LSB LT4; Th 16:30-18:15, LSB LT4
  • Tutorial: Tu 14:30-15:15, LSB LT4; Th 09:30-10:15, LSB LT3

Course Description

This course covers the most common techniques and methods of multivariable differential calculus, with an emphasis on examples of two/three variables. Reasoning and theory will be discussed but not in the most rigorous way. Topics include Euclidean space, Curves and its tangent frame, limits and differentiation of functions, extremum problems.


  • Thomas' Calculus, Multivariable (12th Edition), by Thomas, Weir, and Hass, of Pearson


  • Differential Multivariable Calculus, by Thomas Au, of McGraw Hill (ISBN 9781259074219)

Pre-class Notes

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Quizzes and Exams

Assessment Scheme

Classwork (in tutorial) 10%
Quiz 1 (Feb 8, Thur, 6:30pm-7:30pm, LSB LT6) 20%
Quiz 2 (Mar 22, Thur, 6:30pm-7:30pm, LSB LT6) 20%
Final 50%

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Assessment Policy

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