MAT-23306 Multivariate Mathematics Applied


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised12
Course coordinator(s)dr. M de Gee
dr. JHJ van Opheusden
Lecturer(s)dr. M de Gee
dr. JHJ van Opheusden
Examiner(s)dr. M de Gee
dr. JHJ van Opheusden

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAT-14903 and MAT-15003


- linear algebra: vectors, matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors;
- complex numbers;
- ordinary differential equations: direction field and equilibria; separation of variables and variation of constants; systems of linear differential equations; systems of non-linear differential equations and classification of equilibria;
- numerical methods for ordinary differential equations: difference quotients and the Euler method; systems of differential equations; trapezium and Runge-Kutta; discretization errors; error propagation, stability and stiffness;
- integration in two or three dimensions: limits of integration; coordinate systems and the Jacobian;
- introduction to partial differential equations: flow models, diffusion and convection; boundary and initial conditions; stationary solutions;
- vector fields: flow fields and force fields; the gradient and the laws of Fick, Fourier and Darcy; the potential function; divergence and the Laplace operator;
- Fourier series for partial differential equations: separation of variables and the Sturm-Liouville problem; boundary value problems and Fourier series;
- use of computer software.

Learning outcomes:

After this course the student is expected to:
- have working knowledge of concepts, methods and techniques from linear algebra, calculus, vector calculus and numerical mathematics;
- be able to apply mathematical knowledge, insights and methods to solve problems in the technological sciences using a systematic approach;
- be able to critically reflect upon the results;
- be able to interpret the results in terms of the (physical, chemical, biological) problem that was modelled mathematically;
- be able to use mathematical software in elaborating mathematical models.


- preparing for lectures and tutorials by self-study and doing exercises;
- active participation in lectures and tutorials;
- doing the exercises;
- computer practical (compulsory).


Written exam, with open questions and multiple-choice questions.


1. Mathematics at Work, vol. 3: functions of several variables applied.
2. Mathematics at Work, vol. 3: supplements.

Compulsory for: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc1AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBScC: Environmental Technology1AF
Restricted Optional for: MHWHydrology and Water QualityMScA: Soil and Ecosystem Hydrology2AF
MHWHydrology and Water QualityMScB: Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management2AF
MMAMeteorology and Air QualityMSc1AF
MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc2AF