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A Geometric Approach to Differential Forms

Bachman, David

2nd ed. 2012, XVI, 156p. 43 illus..

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  • The second edition includes two additional chapters, focusing on the more advanced topics of the book
  • Presents differential forms from a geometric perspective accessible at the sophomore undergraduate level
  • Each new concept is presented with a natural picture that students can easily grasp; algebraic properties then follow
  • Designed to support three distinct, classroom tested, course tracks
  • Contains excellent motivation, numerous illustrations and solutions to selected problems

"[The author's] idea is to use geometric intuition to alleviate some of the algebraic difficulties...The emphasis is on understanding rather than on detailed derivations and proofs. This is definitely the right approach in a course at this level."   —MAA Reviews (Review of First Edition)

"The book certainly has its merits and is very nicely illustrated … . It should be noted that the material, which has been tested already in the classroom, aims at three potential course tracks: a course in multivariable calculus, a course in vector calculus and a course for more advanced undergraduates (and beginning graduates)."                                                                                   —Mathematical Reviews (Review of First Edition)

The modern subject of differential forms subsumes classical vector calculus. This text presents differential forms from a geometric perspective accessible at the advanced undergraduate level.  The author approaches the subject with the idea that complex concepts can be built up by analogy from simpler cases, which, being inherently geometric, often can be best understood visually.

Each new concept is presented with a natural picture that students can easily grasp; algebraic properties then follow. This facilitates the development of differential forms without assuming a background in linear algebra. Throughout the text, emphasis is placed on applications in 3 dimensions, but all definitions are given so as to be easily generalized to higher dimensions.

The second edition includes a completely new chapter on differential geometry, as well as other new sections, new exercises and new examples. Additional solutions to selected exercises have also been included. The work is suitable for use as the primary textbook for a sophomore-level class in vector calculus, as well as for more upper-level courses in differential topology and differential geometry.

Content Level » Lower undergraduate

Keywords » Maxwell's equations - Stokes' Theorem - differential forms - nonlinear forms - parameterized curves - vector calculus

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