MAT 402  Seminar in Mathematics: Vector Bundles  

Spring 2018  TuTh 10:00-11:20am Earth and Space 177

Instructor: Ljudmila Kamenova

Office: Math Tower 3-115
Office hours: Wednesdays 11am - 2pm in Math Tower 3-115

Syllabus: The seminar topic this semester will be "Vector bundles on manifolds". We are going to review the basics of manifolds, differential forms and de Rham cohomology. During most of the semester we are going to work with the definitions and properties of vector bundles. We are going to explore examples of vector bundles on the complex projective space. Towards the end of the semester we would talk about the splitting principle and characteristic classes.

This seminar course is aimed primarily at third- and fourth-year students majoring in mathematics.

I will start by giving a few initial lectures, but after a week or two will assign topics to students to present in class.

Prerequisites: Basic understanding of topology and geometry as in MAT364, or an equivalent course. If you would like to take MAT402, but you are not sure about the requirements, please contact me.

Required Text: There is no required textbook. We are going to use Chris Wendl's notes on bundles and connections which are available for non-commercial use on his web-page. A very well-written text on manifolds and vector bundles is Aleksey Zinger's notes on manifolds and vector bundles. Another source on differential geometry and bundles is Ivan Avramidi's lecture notes on topics in differential geometry.

Here are some further reading materials:

Grading: The grading will be based primarily on class participation, the quality of the student's in-class presentations, and the written version of the final presentation. Not attending regularly will have a negative effect on the grade. Regular attendance is therefore required.

Homework: There will be some practice problems coming up.

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