Advanced Calculus of Several Variables (Dover Books on by C. H. Edwards

By C. H. Edwards

Glossy conceptual therapy of multivariable calculus, emphasizing the interaction of geometry and research through linear algebra and the approximation of nonlinear mappings by means of linear ones. while, plentiful recognition is paid to the classical purposes and computational tools. thousands of examples, difficulties and figures. 1973 edition.

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