MAT 568 

Fall 2015 
TTh 2:30-3:50
Physics P-128

Prof. Claude LeBrun.
Office: Math Tower 3-108.
Office hours: TTh 1:00-2:00

This course constitutes the first half of a two-semester introduction to Riemannian geometry. Presupposing only a basic familiarity with manifolds and tensor fields, we will first develop a working knowledge of Riemannian metrics, connections, and curvature. We will then begin our study of the interplay between topology and curvature.

Prerequisite: Geometry/Topology II, a passing grade on the comprehensive exam, or the professor's expressed permission.

Optional Textbook:

Riemannian Geometry,
by Manfredo Do Carmo,
Birkhäuser, 1992.

Homework exercises will be assigned frequently, but only collected on a sporadic basis. You will be expected to work these in considerable detail. Knowing how to calculate is essential for a real understanding of this subject!

Homework #2, Due 10/29/15

Grades will be based on homework and class participation.

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Illustration: Boy's surface arising from a minimal immersion of ℝℙ2 into S3.