MAT 568: Differential Geometry

Fall 2004

Instructor. Michael Anderson, Math 4-113.
E-mail:, Phone: 632-8269.
Lectures: Tu/Th: 2:20-3:40, in Physics P130.

Office Hours. TuWTh 1-2pm, and by appointment.

Course Description. The plan is to cover most of the essential material of MAT 568-569 this semester in 568, leaving the Spring semester open to a variety of other topics. (The topic for 569 in Spring 05 will decided at the end of this semester by your vote and instructor's recommendation).
The syllabus is most of the main topics in Chapters 1-6 of Petersen's text. The presentation of this material in the lectures will often be quite different than that in the text.

Prerequistes. MAT 530 and 531, or the equivalent.

Text. Peter Petersen, Riemannian Geometry, Springer Verlag.
This text is in the bookstore, and you will need it for the assignments.
There are many other good texts on this subject. Some other sources you might like to look at are:

These and many others are in the Library.

Assignments and Grading: There will be occasional reading assignments from the text, and approximately 5 homework assignments. The course grade is based on your work on these assignments; an A will be given if you do at least half of the scheduled work.
Assignments will appear on this page during the course of the semester.

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