COMPLEMENTARY TOPICS IN CALCULUS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding: At the end of this course the student should know the essential definitions and results on sequences and series of functions, ordinary differential equations (ODE), implicit functions and multivariable integral calculus, and he should be able to grasp how these enter in the solution of problems. Applying knowledge and understanding: The student should be able to apply the forementioned notions to solve medium level problems, and to understand how they relate to concepts seen in different courses. Making judgements: The student should be able to evaluate coherence and correctness of the proofs he gives during the written test. Communication skills: The student should be able to communicate in a clear and precise way, suitable for a scientist-to-be in an intermediate stage of his formation.
Analyis for functions of one real variable; linear geometry; linear algebra; differential and integral calculus in several variables; curves.
Course contents summary
Complements on multiple integrals. Sequences and function series. Potential functions and differential forms. Ordinary Differential Equations.
- Complements on integration.
Integral in many dimensions. Integral on surfaces.
- Sequences and series of functions
Function sequences. Power series: radius of convergence; uniform convergence, continuity and integration. Trigonometric series; Fourier series; convergence of Fourier series; Fourier coefficients and regularity.
- Differential Equations
The Cauchy problem. Regularity. Existence and uniqueness of solutions. Continuous dependence on data. Integration of some ordinary differential equations. Systems of First Order Linear Differential Equations. Qualitative behavior of solutions of ODEs.
- Potential functions and differential forms
Scalar and vector potential in star-shaped domains. Closed and exact differential forms. Paths and integration of differential forms.
E. Acerbi, G. Buttazzo: Secondo corso di Analisi Matematica. Pitagora, Bologna, 2016.
W. Fleming: Functions of several variables. Second edition. Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics. Springer-Verlag, New York-Heidelberg, 1977.
G. Prodi: Lezioni di Analisi Matematica II. ETS Pisa, 1974.
Lectures are held in the classroom, encompassing both theoretical and applied aspects. Moreover, exercises are solved by students with the guidance of the teacher, so as to verify the degree of comprehension and knowledge of the students.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final exam consist of a written and an oral session. Students are admitted to the oral sessions only if they pass the written examination. In the written examination 2 open questions are asked. The students should exhibit calculus skills and mastery of different subjects taught in the course. Marks are given to each question, according to theoretical correctness, precision of execution, precision of exposition.
The oral examination consists of a discussion about the written examination and of questions to verify the level of comprehension of the theoretical parts of the course.