# Vectors

**Topics:**Cartesian coordinate system, Dimension, Analytic geometry /

**Pages:**716 (178782 words) /

**Published:**Dec 18th, 2012

Tufts University

August 19, 2012

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Preface

The present volume is a sequel to my earlier book, Calculus Deconstructed: A Second Course in First-Year Calculus, published by the Mathematical Association in 2009. I have used versions of this pair of books for severel years in the Honors Calculus course at Tufts, a two-semester “boot camp” intended for mathematically inclined freshmen who have been exposed to calculus in high school. The ﬁrst semester of this course, using the earlier book, covers single-variable calculus, while the second semester, using the present text, covers multivariate calculus. However, the present book is designed to be able to stand alone as a text in multivariate calculus. The treatment here continues the basic stance of its predecessor, combining hands-on drill in techniques of calculation with rigorous mathematical arguments. However, there are some diﬀerences in emphasis. On one hand, the present text assumes a higher level of mathematical sophistication on the part of the reader: there is no explicit guidance in the rhetorical practices of mathematicians, and the theorem-proof format is followed a little more brusquely than before. On the other hand, the material being developed here is unfamiliar territory, for the intended audience, to a far greater degree than in the previous text, so more eﬀort is expended on motivating various approaches and procedures. Where possible, I have followed my own predilection for geometric arguments over formal ones, although the two perspectives are naturally intertwined. At times, this may feel like an analysis text, but I have studiously avoided the temptation to give the general, n-dimensional versions of arguments and results that would seem natural to a mature mathematician: the book is, after all, aimed at the mathematical

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