Engineering Mathematics - Calculus
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Engineering Mathematics – Calculus eprep course is one of the ten specially designed e_prep courses by NTU to help NSF, NSmen, and others to better prepare themselves for their further studies, whether in the universities in Singapore or overseas.
This Engineering Mathematics – Calculus eprep course is developed in collaboration with the book publishers, Cengage. In addition to providing the popular textbook “Calculus” by James Stewart at no additional cost, this Engineering Mathematics – Calculus eprep course also comes with excellent learning materials provided by the publishers on calculus and other branches of mathematics.
There are also lots of materials on other subjects such as physics, mechanics, engineering economy, economics, biotechnology, life science, business finance, corporate finance, Python programming, discrete mathematics, etc., so that the students not only get to build up a strong foundation on mathematics, they also get to strengthen their knowledge on many other subjects as well. Samples of materials provided can be found below. Most of these materials can be downloaded for later studies.
A retired NTU professor acts as the personal tutor to all students taking this Engineering Mathematics – Calculus eprep course. He can be reached via email or WhatsApp messaging. Students are free to consult him, not only during the duration of the course, but until they enter universities, and even after they have started their university studies.
Audio: Intro to Engineering Mathematics – Calculus
Engineering Mathematics – Calculus ePrep Learning Contents
Due to the constraints of time, only the first ten chapters are compulsory for certification purposes, but materials and support for the remaining seven chapters are also available.
I. Compulsory Chapters
Chapter 1: Functions and Limits
1.1: Four Ways to Represent a Function
1.2: Mathematical Models: A Catalog of Essential Functions
1.3: New Functions from Old Functions
1.4: The Tangent and Velocity Problems
1.5: The Limit of a Function
1.6: Calculating Limits Using the Limit Laws
1.7: The Precise Definition of a Limit
Chapter 2: Derivatives
2.1: Derivatives and Rates of Change
2.2: The Derivative as a Function
2.3: Differentiation Formulas
2.4: Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions
2.5: The Chain Rule
2.6: Implicit Differentiation
2.7: Rates of Change in the Natural and Social Sciences
2.8: Related Rates
2.9: Linear Approximations and Differentials
Chapter 3: Applications of Differentiation
3.1: Maximum and Minimum Values
3.2: The Mean Value Theorem
3.3: How Derivatives Affect the Shape of a Graph
3.4: Limits at Infinity; Horizontal Asymptotes
3.5: Summary of Curve Sketching
3.6: Graphing with Calculus and Calculators
3.7: Optimization Problems
3.8: Newton’s Method
Chapter 4: Integrals
4.1: Areas and Distances
4.2: The Definite Integral
4.3: The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
4.4: Indefinite Integrals and the Net Change Theorem
4.5: The Substitution Rule
Chapter 5: Applications of Integration
5.1: Areas Between Curves
5.3: Volumes by Cylindrical Shells
5.5: Average Value of a Function
Chapter 6: Inverse Functions
6.1: Inverse Functions
6.2: Exponential Functions and Their Derivatives
6.2*: The Natural Logarithmic Function
6.3: Logarithmic Functions
6.3*: The Natural Exponential Function
6.4: Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions
6.4*: General Logarithmic and Exponential Functions
6.5: Exponential Growth and Decay
6.6: Inverse Trigonometric Functions
6.7: Hyperbolic Functions
6.8: Indeterminate Forms and l’Hospital’s Rule
Chapter 7: Techniques of Integration
7.1: Integration by Parts
7.2: Trigonometric Integrals
7.3: Trigonometric Substitution
7.4: Integration of Rational Functions by Partial Fractions
7.5: Strategy for Integration
7.6: Integration Using Tables and Computer Algebra Systems
7.7: Approximate Integration
7.8: Improper Integrals
Chapter 8: Further Applications of Integration
8.1: Arc Length
8.2: Area of a Surface of Revolution
8.3: Applications to Physics and Engineering
8.4: Applications to Economics and Biology
Chapter 9: Differential Equations
9.1: Modeling with Differential Equations
9.2: Direction Fields and Euler’s Method
9.3: Separable Equations
9.4: Models for Population Growth
9.5: Linear Equations
9.6: Predator-Prey Systems
Chapter 10: Parametric Equations and Polar Coordinates
10.1: Curves Defined by Parametric Equations
10.2: Calculus with Parametric Curves
10.3: Polar Coordinates
10.4: Areas and Lengths in Polar Coordinates
10.5: Conic Sections
10.6: Conic Sections in Polar Coordinates
II. Optional Chapters
Chapter 11: Infinite Sequences and Series
11.3: The Integral Test and Estimates of Sums
11.4: The Comparison Tests
11.5: Alternating Series
11.6: Absolute Convergence and the Ratio and Root Tests
11.7: Strategy for Testing Series
11.8: Power Series
11.9: Representations of Functions as Power Series
11.10: Taylor and Maclaurin Series
11.11: Applications of Taylor Polynomials
Chapter 12: Vectors and the Geometry of Space
12.1: Three-Dimensional Coordinate Systems
12.3: The Dot Product
12.4: The Cross Product
12.5: Equations of Lines and Planes
12.6: Cylinders and Quadric Surfaces
Chapter 13: Vector Functions
13.1: Vector Functions and Space Curves
13.2: Derivatives and Integrals of Vector Functions
13.3: Arc Length and Curvature
13.4: Motion in Space: Velocity and Acceleration
Chapter 14: Partial Derivatives
14.1: Functions of Several Variables
14.2: Limits and Continuity
14.3: Partial Derivatives
14.4: Tangent Planes and Linear Approximations
14.5: The Chain Rule
14.6: Directional Derivatives and the Gradient Vector
14.7: Maximum and Minimum Values
14.8: Lagrange Multipliers
Chapter 15: Multiple Integrals
15.1: Double Integrals over Rectangles
15.2: Iterated Integrals
15.3: Double Integrals over General Regions
15.4: Double Integrals in Polar Coordinates
15.5: Applications of Double Integrals
15.6: Surface Area
15.7: Triple Integrals
15.8: Triple Integrals in Cylindrical Coordinates
15.9: Triple Integrals in Spherical Coordinates
15.10: Change of Variables in Multiple Integrals
Chapter 16: Vector Calculus
16.1: Vector Fields
16.2: Line Integrals
16.3: The Fundamental Theorem for Line Integrals
16.4: Green’s Theorem
16.5: Curl and Divergence
16.6: Parametric Surfaces and Their Areas
16.7: Surface Integrals
16.8: Stokes’ Theorem
16.9: The Divergence Theorem
Chapter 17: Second-Order Differential Equations
17.1: Second-Order Linear Equations
17.2: Nonhomogeneous Linear Equations
17.3: Applications of Second-Order Differential Equations
17.4: Series Solutions
What You Get in this Engineering Mathematics – Calculus ePrep Course
I. Free Textbook
“Calculus” is a very popular Calculus Textbook, authored by James Stewart, 9th Ed. Millions of students worldwide have used the textbooks by James Stewart.
II. Free Consultation
A retired NTU professor is acting as the tutor. You can consult him via email or WhatsApp. He provides very personalized guidance according to the student’s needs.
III. Materials Online
1. Video lessons and PowerPoint files.
2. Answers/solutions to all questions/problems in the textbook.
3. Online exercises.
4. Problems, answers and solutions in the same file.
5. Bonus learning materials in other branches of mathematics, including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, linear algebra, linear programming, discrete mathematics, probability, and statistics
6. Bonus learning materials in other subjects such as business finance, corporate finance, engineering economy, economics, physics, mechanics, Python programming, life science, biotechnology, and psychology.
IV. Digital Certificate
A digital certificate will be issued if you have successfully completed this ePrep course and passing all the tests at the end of each of the ten compulsory chapters. While this certificate may not be used as the main criterion for university admission, there are university admission officers willing to take this certification for consideration under the ASA or Discretionary Admission consideration.
Additional Note: NTU is providing an alternative pathway to the part-time B.Eng degree programme where interested students may take this course (and a physics course) and sit for a special exam in early July for consideration to join the special semester. The performance of the courses (which include a math course which is a slightly more advanced version of the this course) during the semester may be used for consideration into NTU’s PT B.Eng degree programme.
Engineering Mathematics – Calculus ePrep Course: Sample Materials
1. Video Lesson (Area between Curves)
This video lesson discusses the determination of the area between two curves, by first finding the points of intersection, and then determine the area of the region bounded by the two curves by integrating the areas of the tiny triangles within the region. More Sample Videos.
2. Problem and Solution (Integration)
Evaluate the integral
3. Review of Algebra (Binomial Theorem)
Algebra is a very important and more fundamental branch of mathematics and it provides a useful tool for solving calculus problems. A review of algebra is therefore performed before the study of calculus.
Engineering Mathematics – Calculus
Sample Supplementary Course Materials
– From Other Mathematics ePrep Courses
1. Video Lesson on Maths for Managerial, Life and Soc Sc (Exponential Functions)
This video lesson illustrates the solution steps in solving a half-life problem as an exponential decay model.
2. Video Lesson on Probability (Probability of Discrete Events)
This video lesson illustrates using the concept of sample space to solve a discrete event probability problem.
3. Video Lesson on Statistics (Confidence Interval)
This video lesson illustrates how we can use the sample mean, standard deviation, and sample size to compute the confidence interval for the population mean.
Engineering Mathematics – Calculus ePrep Course
Samples of Bonus Course Materials
1. Video Lesson on Business Finance (Ordinary Annuity and Annuity Due)
This short video lesson illustrates what annuity is and how annuity due differs.
2. Video Lesson on Corporate Finance (Sustainable Growth Model)
This video lesson illustrates that the Sustainable Growth Model is for a business that wants to maintain a target payout ratio and capital structure without issuing new equity, and it provides an estimate of the annual percentage increase in sales that can be supported.
3. Cross-Word Puzzle on Biotechnology (Principle of Genetic Transfer)
4. Worked Example on Engineering Economy (Project Evaluation)
A retrofitted space-heating system is being considered for a small office building. The system can be purchased and installed for $110,000, and it will save an estimated 300,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electric power each year over a six-year period. A kilowatt-hour of electricity costs $0.10, and the company uses a MARR of 15% per year in its economic evaluations of refurbished systems. The market value of the system will be $8,000 at the end of six years, and additional annual operating and maintenance expenses are negligible. Use the PW method to determine whether this system should be installed.
To find the PW of the proposed heating system, we need to find the present equivalent of all associated cash flows.
The estimated annual savings in electrical power is worth 300,000 kWh × $0.10/kWh = $30,000 per year.
At a MARR of 15%, we get
PW(15%) = −$110,000 + $30,000 (P/A, 15%, 6) + $8,000 (P/F, 15%, 6)
= −$110,000 + $30,000(3.7845) + $8,000(0.4323)
Since PW(15%)≥ 0, we conclude that the retrofitted space-heating system should be installed.
MARR = Minimum Acceptable Rate of Return
PW = Present Worth
(P/A, 15%, 6) and (P/F, 15%, 6) are factors that can be obtained from tables, software, financial calculator, or by applying formulas.
5. Objective Question Exercise on Physics (Electric Power)
Two conductors made of the same material are connected across the same potential difference. Conductor A has twice the diameter and twice the length of conductor B. What is the ratio of the power delivered to A to the power delivered to B?
RA/RB = (ρLA/π(dA/2)2)/ (ρLB/π(dB/2)2)
= (LAdB2)/ (LBdA2) = (2LBdB2)/ (LB (2dB)2)
= 2/4 = ½.
PA/PB = (ΔV2/RA)/ (ΔV2/RB)
= RB/RA = 2.
6. Web Exercise on Psychology (Human Development)
Since having their first child, Bob and Angela notice that they no longer feel they have anything in common with their childless friends and are spending a lot more time with other parents. Psychologists would say that:
a their ingroup has changed from nonparents to parents.
b this is an example of group polarization.
c they have a stereotype about what parents are like.
d their attribution processes are now different than before.
7. Video Lesson on Mechanics (Work and Energy)
This short video explains the relationship between power, rate of work done, total work done, and time taken to perform the work.
8. Screen Record of Animation on Life Science (Translocation)
This is a screen record of animation that illustrates translocation in chromosomes.
9. Python Programming (Histogram)
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
# example data
mu = 100 # mean of distribution
sigma = 20 # standard deviation of distribution
x = mu + sigma * np.random.randn(1000) #normal dist with mu and sigma
subdivisions = 25
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
n, bins, patches = ax.hist(x, subdivisions, density=True) #histogram
y = ((1 / (np.sqrt(2 * np.pi) * sigma)) *
np.exp(-0.5 * (1 / sigma * (bins – mu))**2)) # create theoretical line
ax.plot(bins, y, ‘.’)
ax.set_title(r’Histogram: $\mu=100$, $\sigma=20$’)
fig.tight_layout() #provide spacing to prevent clipping of y-axis abel
10. Economics (The Marginal-Cost Curve and the Firm’s Supply Decision)
1. Cost curves have special features that are important for our analysis.
- The marginal cost curve is upward slopping.
- The average total cost curve is u-shaped.
- The marginal cost curve crosses the average total cost curve at the minimum of average total cost.
2. Marginal and average revenue can be shown by a horizontal line at the market price
3. To find the profit-maximizing level of output, we can follow the same rules that we discussed above.
- If marginal revenue is greater than the marginal cost, the firm can increase its profit by increasing output.
- If marginal cost is greater than marginal revenue, the firm can increase its profit by decreasing output.
- At the profit-maximizing level of output, marginal revenue is equal to marginal cost.
4. If the price in the market were to change to P2, the firm would set its new level of output by equating marginal revenue and marginal cost.
5. Because the firm’s marginal cost curve determines how much the firm is willing to supply at any price, it is the competitive firm’s supply curve.
11. Discrete Mathematics (Euclidian Algorithm)
Shown above are samples of the bonus materials on other subjects and they illustrate how comprehensive and broad-base this Engineering Mathematics – Calculus ePrep course is for preparing students for their university studies or for their career advancement. While not all the bonus course materials may be of interest to the students who take up this ePrep course on Engineering Mathematics – Calculus, they can choose which of these bonus course materials are of interest and download them and ignore the rest.
It is a gentle persuasion to NSFs not to short-change themselves wasting their precious e-PREP Credits on those low-grade courses prepared by any “Tom-Dick-And-Harry” who self-claim to be an industry expert, especially if they are proceeding to further academic studies! They do not need thousands of such courses. As you can see, with this single Engineering Mathematics – Calculus course, you get a good suite of course materials on many other subjects as well. You also get a hard copy Calculus textbook by James Stewart.
It is only wise to go for a high-quality specially-designed academic course such as this Engineering Mathematics – Calculus e_prep course for getting you a head start in university.
Who Should Take This ePrep Course
A must for all students doing engineering, computer science, and physical science degrees.
Also useful for students doing biology and other life science, statistics, economics, and business degrees. (Alternative to: Mathematics for Managerial, Life and Soc Sciences)
Even for those not going to any university due to various reasons, this is an opportunity to prove that they are capable of completing a university-level course. Hopefully, one day, they too will be able to obtain a full university education as well.
Everyone is welcome and there is no pre-requisite. This course will provide the fundamentals that you will need in studying calculus!
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The official duration of the course is three months but may be extended upon request. Unofficially, however, the support by the tutor extends beyond the official course duration. Also, most of the course materials can be downloaded for later study (most of them are proprietary materials by the book publishers, please use them for your own private studies and refrain from transmitting them to others).
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