MTH218 Multivariable Calculus (8)

This subject extends the study of calculus to functions of several variables. Partial derivatives are reviewed and double and triple integrals introduced. The subject also covers vector calculus, which includes differential operators (gradient, divergence and curl) and line and surface integrals. Vector calculus culminates in higher dimensional versions of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus: Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem and the Divergence Theorem.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MTH218. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to classify and graph conics and simple quadric surfaces;
  • be able to calculate and graph level curves and surfaces;
  • be able to calculate partial derivatives, directional derivatives, the gradient, tangent planes and differentials;
  • be able to calculate double and triple integrals;
  • be able to calculate line integrals and recognise a conservative field;
  • be able to calculate divergence and curl of a vector field;
  • be able to calculate surface integrals;
  • be able to understand and use Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem and the Divergence Theorem.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Conics and quadric surfaces.
  • Functions of several variables.
  • Partial derivatives, directional derivatives, gradient, linear approximation.
  • Double and triple integrals.
  • Vector fields.
  • Line integrals, fundamental theorem.
  • Divergence and Curl.
  • Green's Theorem.
  • Surface integral and flux of a vector field.
  • Stokes' Theorem.
  • Divergence Theorem.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.