1st Workshop on Vector Calculus

Mathematics has played a crucial role in the advancement of Physics, and mathematical language has become essential for the formulation of the laws of Physics. Vector calculus is, perhaps, the most important mathematical tool for physicists. This important branch of mathematics deals with differentiation and integration of vector fields. Vector calculus is used extensively in physics and engineering, especially, in the description of electromagnetic fields, gravitational fields and fluid flow. Thus to have a good understanding of Physics, good knowledge of vector calculus is required. Keeping this in mind, Community of Physics has organized “1st Workshop on Vector Calculus”. Though it was primarily planned to organize a five-day workshop, it was extended to six days due to schedule failure.

The workshop was basically designed for university students, but was kept open for all. The workshop started studying basic vector algebra and single variable differential & integral calculus. Basic objects like scalar & vector fields, algebraic & differential operations of vectors, multivariable integrations and fundamental theorems of vector calculus were discussed in full length in the workshop. Some generalizations of the theory like vector calculus in curvilinear coordinates and vector calculus on curved manifolds were also included. As an application of the theory, Maxwell’s equations of classical electrodynamics was covered in the workshop.

The event of the workshop was held in Udvash Academic and Admission Care, Malek Tower, Farmgate, Dhaka 1205. Governing body of the organization voluntarily supported us providing the venue. Starting from December 28, 2015, the workshop lasted for six days. There were back-to-back sessions of eight hours each day, with one-hour lunch break. Intense topics, even with this long exposure, couldn't break the enthusiasm of the participants. The workshop ended through a certificate giving and closing ceremony on January 02, 2016.

In the examination, held on the sixth day of the workshop, Imd Mohaimin Saquib from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology secured first position, Abid Hossain Mishal from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology secured second position and Zabir Ahamed Shehab from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology secured third position.

We express our gratitude to all the presenters for their well-organized presentations and their sleepless hard works for preparing them. We are thankful to the governing body of Udvash Academic and Admission Care. Without their kind help, this workshop wouldn’t be possible.

Introduction

After completing the registration process, the presenter Ashiqul Islam Dip immediately started his presentation. The day was consisted of another three presentations presented by Bushra Mahbub, Md. Tomal Hossain and Forman Ullah.

The Journey

The journey of vector calculus was accompanied by the presenters Md. Salah Uddin, Md. Tomal Hossain, Md. Forman Ullah, Md. Arafat Hossen and Ashiqul Islam Dip. On the fifth day, there was a long discussion on electromagnetism and Maxwell's Equations.

Closing Ceremony

On the sixth day, there was a two and a half hours long open-book examination on vector calculus. In the examination, Imd Mohaimin Saquib, Abid Hossain Mishal and Zabir Ahamed Shehab secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively.