Vector Calculus Independent Study Path
Unit 8: Fundamental Theorems of Vector Calculus
In single variable calculus, the fundamental theorem of calculus
related the integral of the derivative of a function over an interval
to the values of that function on the endpoints of the interval. In
this unit, we will examine two theorems which do the same sort of
thing. Gauss' theorem relates the integral of the divergence of
a vector field over a solid region to the integral of the vector field
over the boundary of the region, and Stokes' theorem relates the
integral of the curl of a vector field over a surface to the integral
of the vector field around the boundary of the surface.
In this unit, you will learn:
For more detailed instructions, see the Xdvi
or PDF pages.
- Gauss' Theorem, and how to simplify certain flux or triple integrals
- The flux integral of a divergenceless vector field over a closed
surface is 0.
- If the region between two closed surfaces is divergencelss, then
the flux over the two surfaces is the same. (In physics, this
means that two surfaces which contain the same charges have the
same electromagnetic flux).
- Stokes' Theorem, and how to simplify certain flux or work integrals
- The flux integral of a curl field over a closed surface is 0.
- Green's Theorem (aka, Stokes' Theorem in the plane).
- If the region between two closed loops is curl-free, then the
work done going around either loop is the same.
For a collection of all of the Theorems on one HTML page, with gaudy
color figures, see the Fundamental
Theorems of Vector Calculus. The form of the theorems,
and the notation, is that of Calculus with Analytic Geometry,
Second Edition, by George F. Simmons, and page references are to this
Similarly, an outline of a proof of Stokes'
Theorem, using Simmons' notation, is available (PDF only).
- Read and do some problems from
- Rogers Chapters 21 - 26, or
- Marsden and Tromba chapter 8.
- Take the Sample Test, Xdvi or PDF.
- Take a unit test.
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