Preliminaries on Vectors and Calculus

  • Oliver M. O’Reilly


In writing this primer, I have assumed that the reader has had courses in linear algebra and calculus. This being so, I have more often than not found that these topics have been forgotten.Here, I review some of the basics. But it is a terse review, and I strongly recommend that readers review their own class notes and other texts on these topics in order to fill the gaps in their knowledge. Students who are able to differentiate vectors and are familiar with the chain and product rules of calculus have a distinct advantage in comprehending the material in this primer and in other courses. I have never been able to sufficiently emphasize this point to students at the beginning of an undergraduate dynamics course.


Cross Product Elliptic Function Product Rule Class Note Vector Differentiation 
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© Springer New York 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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