Calculus of Several Variables / Edition 2by Serge A. Lang
Pub. Date: 04/28/1979
This is a new, revised edition of this widely known text. All of the basic topics in calculus of several variables are covered, including vectors, curves, functions of several variables, gradient, tangent plane, maxima and minima, potential functions, curve integrals, Green's theorem, multiple integrals, surface integrals, Stokes' theorem, and the inverse mapping theorem and its consequences. The presentation is self-contained, assuming only a knowledge of basic calculus in one variable. Many completely worked-out problems have been included.
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This text provides a clear, if challenging, introduction to multi-variable calculus. Like his introductory text, A First Course in Calculus, this text teaches you how to solve challenging problems while effectively conveying the key concepts. Lang does an effective job of placing those concepts in context. Methods of solving problems are clearly explained in the examples. Working through the exercises enables you to build the skills you need in order to solve challenging problems. The text covers vector functions, maxima and minima, Taylor's Formula, line integrals, double and triple integrals, integration with respect to polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates, Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem, and applications of linear algebra to multi-variable calculus. While there is more material here than can comfortably be covered in a year course, working through the entire text will provide you with a solid foundation for subsequent courses in linear algebra, real analysis, or electricity and magnetism. Caveat: beware of errors.