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Partial Derivatives
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This unit is based on Section 9.4 , Chapter 9.
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All assigned readings and exercises are from the textbook
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Objectives
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Make certain that you can define, and use in context, the terms,
concepts and formulas listed below:
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calculate the partial derivatives of a given multivariable function.
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determine the value of a partial derivative of a known function at a
given point.
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calculate the secondorder partial derivatives of a given equation.
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apply the Chain Rule
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Reading
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Read Section 9.4, pages 467472.
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Exercises
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Complete problems
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Prerequisites
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be familiar with the concept of a function
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be familiar with the concept of differentiation
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be familiar with 3D coordinate system
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Functions of Several Variables
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Many scalar and vector quantities in physics and engineering are
functions of multiple variables
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Scalar Quantities
: Temperature, Electric Potential, Vibrating string
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Vector Quantities
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Electric Field, Magnetic Field, Current Density,
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2010 for the course ENGR 233 taught by Professor S.samuelli during the Winter '10 term at Concordia Canada.
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