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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The core of this course will be an introduction to Riemannian geometry - the study of Riemannian metrics on abstract manifolds. This is a classical subject, but is required knowledge for research in diverse areas of modern mathematics. Since we cannot assume a knowledge of manifolds, the first part of the course will be devoted to a review of that theory. We will try to present the material in order to prepare for the study of some of the other geometric structures one can put on manifolds.

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Other essential notes

A knowledge of manifolds, e.g. MA455 Manifolds and tensors would be advantageous, but not essential. These topics will be covered in the first few lectures. A thorough knowledge of linear algebra, including bilinear forms, dual spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors is essential, as is a thorough knowledge of differentiation of functions of several variables, including the Chain Rule and Inverse and Implicit Function theorems. Familiarity with basic point set topology, including quotient/identification topology, will be assumed, as well as the statement of the theorem on the existence and uniqueness of solutions to ODEs and their smooth dependence on parameters, in particular on initial conditions.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA4C0-15)
B (Examination only) Examination - April 100%

Module availability

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