MATH2530 - Advanced Calculus I for Physical Science and Engineering - 2019/20

Course Year: 


  • (Jan 6) See here for the course outline.
  • (Jan 13) Venue for lecture on Tuesday has been changed from LHC 104 to LHC 103. Tutorial will be still in LHC 104.
  • (Feb 10) Classes will be conducted using Zoom starting next week. See Zoom for Students for more information.
  • (Feb 14) Please check email for important announcements about zoom and classwork submission.

General Information


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

Teaching Assistant

  • WANG, Dan
    • Office: AB1 505
    • Tel: 3943 4298
    • Email:
  • QIU, Di
    • Office: LSB 222B
    • Tel: 3943 7963
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tu 09:30-10:15, LHC 103; Th 16:30-18:15, LSB LT4
  • Tutorial: Tu 10:30-11:15, LHC 104

Course Description

This course covers the most common techniques and methods of multivariable differential calculus, with an emphasis on examples of two and three variables. Reasoning and theory will be discussed but not in the most rigorous way. Topics include Euclidean space and vectors, curves and their tangent frame, limits and differentiation of functions, extremum problems. Simple ordinary differential equations will be discussed if time permits.


  • Thomas' Calculus, by Thomas, Weir & Hass, 12th Ed., Pearson


  • Calculus, Early Transcendentals, by Edwards & Penney, Pearson Education.

Pre-class Notes

Lecture Notes

Class Notes

Tutorial Notes

Assessment Scheme

Classwork+Webwork 12%
Midterm Exam (7pm-8:30pm, Mar 10) 38%
Final Exam 50%

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