Course Description

Vector Calculus, MATH 23A

Vectors in n-dimensional Euclidean space. The inner and cross products. The derivative of functions from n-dimensional to m-dimensional Euclidean space is studied as a linear transformation having matrix representation. Paths in 3-dimensions, arc length, vector differential calculus, Taylor's theorem in several variables, extrema of real-valued functions, constrained extrema and Lagrange multipliers, the implicit function theorem, some applications. Students cannot receive credit for this course and MATH 22.

Key Information

Credit: 5 quarter units / 3.33 semester units credit
UC Santa Cruz, Mathematics

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: QL, SE.
Course Equivalence: UCD MAT 021C

UC Irvine:
Course Equivalence: MATH 2D

UC Los Angeles:
Course Equivalence: Mathematics 32A
Note: Quantitative Reasoning

UC Merced:
Course Equivalence: UCSC MATH 23A+23B = UCM MATH 023
Units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
Course Equivalence: MATH 10A

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle - one course towards Math; Warren - Formal skills, may also be used for PofC depending on major/PofC; TMC 1 Mathematics, Advanced Statistics Math GE; Sixth -Structured Reasoning; ERC - meets one course of quantitative formal skills; Muir - as MATH 20B for Math/Natural Sciences GE sequence, Seventh - 1 course towards Alternatives - Quantitative Reasoning; Muir: 1 course in a Natural Sciences theme in "Math and Statistics"
Course Equivalence: MATH 20C

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: This course will apply to Area C and Quantitative Relationships automatically upon completion
Course Equivalence: Math 6A at UCSB

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: MF
Major Requirement: Lower-division Problem Solving requirement for Mathematics Majors

Course Fees

There is a fee for the online textbook of approximately $80.

Course Creators

Anthony Tromba

Anthony (Tony) Tromba was born and raised in New York where he attended The Brooklyn Technical High School. He completed his undergraduate work in Mathematics at Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton. His first academic position was as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. He later held the Chair of Analysis at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany, and is now a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.


He has been a Max Planck research group leader, a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs and the Director of Development of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. Tony has held visiting professorships at many universities throughout the world, including Universities in Paris, Florence, Moscow, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Warsaw, and London, He is the author of nine books including the first Mathematics book in the Scientific American Library series. His Vector Calculus textbook, which appears in six editions and five languages, is used by many of America's leading universities.

Anthony (Tony) Tromba was born and raised in New York where he attended The Brooklyn Technical High School. He completed his undergraduate work in Mathematics at Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton. His first academic position was as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. He later held the Chair of Analysis at the Ludwig Maximilians ...

Anthony (Tony) Tromba was born and raised in New York where he attended The Brooklyn Technical High School. He completed his undergraduate work in Mathematics at Cornell University and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton. His first academic position was as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. He later held the Chair of Analysis at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany, and is now a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.


He has been a Max Planck research group leader, a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs and the Director of Development of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. Tony has held visiting professorships at many universities throughout the world, including Universities in Paris, Florence, Moscow, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Warsaw, and London, He is the author of nine books including the first Mathematics book in the Scientific American Library series. His Vector Calculus textbook, which appears in six editions and five languages, is used by many of America's leading universities.


Frank Bauerle

Frank Bäuerle was born and raised in southern Germany. He grew up in Weinsberg, a small town amid castle ruins from the Middle Ages and vineyards that were first cultivated by the Romans when they occupied this land some two thousand years ago. He did his undergraduate work in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe, Germany, after which he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of California at San Diego.  Frank did his research work in Recursion Theory and Complexity Theory, an area lying at the intersection of Applied Logic and Theoretical Computer Science.

Frank Bäuerle was born and raised in southern Germany. He grew up in Weinsberg, a small town amid castle ruins from the Middle Ages and vineyards that were first cultivated by the Romans when they occupied this land some two thousand years ago. He did his undergraduate work in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe, Germany, after which he received his ...

Frank Bäuerle was born and raised in southern Germany. He grew up in Weinsberg, a small town amid castle ruins from the Middle Ages and vineyards that were first cultivated by the Romans when they occupied this land some two thousand years ago. He did his undergraduate work in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe, Germany, after which he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of California at San Diego.  Frank did his research work in Recursion Theory and Complexity Theory, an area lying at the intersection of Applied Logic and Theoretical Computer Science.


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