PURE MTH 4038 - Pure Mathematics Topic A - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PURE MTH 4038 Course Pure Mathematics Topic A - Honours Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Honours students only Course Description Please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences for further details, or view course information on the School of Mathematical Sciences web site at http://www.maths.adelaide.edu.au
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Thomas Leistner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesIn 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
- 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)
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
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)
all 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
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course.
Recommended ResourcesThere 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 LearningThis course will have an active MyUni website.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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 Summary1) 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)
Specific Course RequirementsNone.
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Assessment task Task type Due Weighting Learning outcomes Examination Summative Examination period 70% all Homework assignment Formative and summative One week after assigned 30% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment DetailThere 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.
SubmissionHomework 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.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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