PURE MTH 7038 - Pure Mathematics Topic A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PURE MTH 7038
    Course Pure Mathematics Topic A
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Ongoing assessment, exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Guo Chuan Thiang

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    In 2019, the title of this course is Manifolds, Lie groups, and Riemannian geometry


    The aim of the course is to introduce the students to some fundamental concepts in Differential Geometry. Differential Geometry is the theory that generalises all aspects of multivariable calculus in Euclidean n-space to more general spaces. The fundamental concepts introduced in the course will be grouped into 3 chapters:

    1) Smooth manifolds

    Smooth manifolds are generalisations of Euclidean space. They are topological spaces that have the property that they can be covered by neighbourhoods that are homeomorphic to open balls Euclidean space, they are “locally Euclidean”

    - review of multivariable differentiation and topology
    - topologogical, differentiable and smooth manifolds
    - tangent spaces and the tangent bundle of a manifold
    - smooth maps between manifolds and their differentials
    - submanfolds
    - vector fields, their Lie brackets and flows

    2) Riemannian Geometry

    Riemannian geometry  generalises the “geometry” of Euclidean space, i.e., the notions of length, distance and angles, to manifolds. It was observed by Bernhard Riemann that manifolds  can be equipped with these geometric quantities, now called Riemannian manifolds, and that the vanishing of the curvature tensor decides whether a Riemannian manifold is "flat", i.e., locally has the same geometry as Euclidean space.

    - the notion of a Riemannian metric
    - The Levi-Civita connection of a Riemannian metric and its curvature tensor
    - geodesics (shortest curves)
    - isometries

    3) Lie groups

    Lie groups are manifolds with a compatible group structure. They are a generalisation of groups of matrices and used in many areas of mathematics and physics to describe symmetries (of a manifold). They were introduced by Sophus Lie in order to describe continuous groups of transformations of Euclidean space.

    - Lie groups and their Lie algebras
    - Lie group homomorphisms
    - Lie subgroups

    Learning Outcomes

    The topics in these four chapters are reduced to the introduction of the fundamental concepts and a derivation of their properties, with the aim to equip the students with a set of concepts and tools which enables them to pursue their carreer in pure mathematics or theoretical physics.
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1) define and recognise a smooth manifold, a Lie group and its Lie algebra,
    2) differentiate smooth maps between manifolds and commute vector fields,
    3) work with a Riemannian metric and determine its Levi-Civita connection and its curvature and derive the geodesic equation,
    4) familiar with many examples of Riemannian manifolds and Lie groups.


    The course requires an adequate knowledge in linear algebra and multivariable calculus. Knowledge of group theory is
    helpful but not mandatory.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required resources for this course.
    Recommended Resources
    There are many excellent books on differential geometry in the Barr Smith library. The following is a short selection of some that are very compatible with the objectives and the level of this course:

    • J. M. Lee, Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, Springer 2006
    • J. M. Lee, Riemannian Manifolds. An Introduction to Curvature, Springer 1997
    • F. Warner, Foundations of Differentiable manifolds and Lie groups, Springer 1983
    • B. O'Neill, Semi-Riemannian Geometry. With Applications to Relativity, Academic Press 1983

    Online Learning
    The course will have an active MyUni website.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The lecturer guides the students through the course material in 30 lectures. Students are expected to engage with the material in the lectures. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged. Fortnightly homework assignments help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and their skills in applying it, and allow them to gauge their progress.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The following table is a guide to the workload for each component of the course. 

    Activity Quantity Workload hours
    Lecture 30 90
    Assignments 5 66
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    1) Introduction to of smooth manifolds, smooth maps, and vector fields (10 Lectures)
    2) Riemannian geometry (12 lectures)
    3) Lie groups and their Lie algebras, subgroups, homomorphisms (8 lectures)

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    Assessment task Task type Due Weighting Learning outcomes
    1) Homework assignment Formative and summative One week after assigned 50% all
    2) Online quizzes Formative and summative 15% all
    3) Examination Summative Examination period 35% all

    1) A total of six take-home assignments as before. The due dates are projected to be: 20 March, 6 April, 27 April, 15 May, 29 May, 12 June.

    2) There will be three timed and graded  administered in MyUni. This will comprise mainly multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and true/false questions. A sample quiz will be made available, so you can get used to the mechanism.

    3) There will be a final exam scheduled during a 2-3 hour slot in the usual exam weeks (20-30 June), administered online within MyUni.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    There will be a total of 5 homework assignments, distributed during each even week of the semester and due at the end of the following week. Each will cover material from the lectures, and in addition, will sometimes go beyond that so that students may have to undertake some additional research.
    Homework assignments must be given to the lecturer in person or emailed as a pdf. Failure to meet the deadline without reasonable and verifiable excuse may result in a significant penalty for that assignment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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