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MA (Mathematics)

755

014024

Dual-Level Course

Cross-listed Course

No

Introduction to Riemannian Geometry

Intro Riemannian Geometry

College of Sciences

Mathematics (17MA)

Term Offering

Spring Only

Offered Every Year

Spring 2017

Previously taught as Special Topics?

No

Course Delivery

Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method

Graded/Audit

3

16

Contact Hours

(Per Week)

(Per Week)

Component Type | Contact Hours |
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Lecture | 3.0 |

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Course Is Repeatable for Credit

No

Irina Kogan

Associate Professor

full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip

Enrollment Component | Per Semester | Per Section | Multiple Sections? | Comments |
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Lecture | 10 | 10 | No | None |

Prerequisite: MA 555

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?

No

An introduction to smooth manifolds with metric. Topics include: Riemannian metric and generalizations, connections, covariant derivatives, parallel translation, Riemannian (or Levi-Civita) connection, geodesics and distance, curvature tensor, Bianchi identities, Ricci and scalar curvatures, isometric embeddings, Riemannian submanifolds, hypersurfaces, Gauss Bonnet Theorem; applications and connections to other fields.

MA755 is being revised to serve as the second part of a two-course sequence to prepare doctoral students taking the qualifying exam in Differential Geometry (MA 555 is the first course in this sequence). One minor change is being made to the course content in that the choice of applications or special topics at the end of the course is being left to the discretion of the instructor. The course description has been revised to better align with the textbook. Previously, this sequence consisted of the course MA 518 followed by MA 555. Overall, the coordinated revision of MA 518, MA 555 and MA 755 serves to strengthen our geometry qualifying exam courses sequence.

No

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College(s) | Contact Name | Statement Summary |
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College of Sciences | David E Aspnes | As a non-mathematician, looks fine to me. By "Divergence Theorem", I assume that you mean the 3D version, since you list Stokes Theorem (a 2D divergence theorem) in the earlier class in the sequence. |

College of Engineering | Mihail Devetsikiotis | ECE sees nothing objectionable in these course revisions from their point of view. |

No new resources are required due to this course revision. The current version of this course is taught by graduate faculty in our department as part of their regular teaching load.

To learn how to define and compute main geometric characteristics of a differential manifold with metrics.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. State the definition of a metric and an isometry.

2. Use metrics to define arc-length, distance and volume.

3. Give proofs of and use the Divergence Theorem and Green's Theorem on Riemannian manifolds.

4. State definitions and properties of geometric invariants of Riemannian manifolds: Riemannian curvature, Ricci curvature, scalar curvature.

5. Define and compute Riemannian connection, covariant derivatives, and parallel translation.

6. Give a definition of geodesics (as curves with zero acceleration) and write their defining equations. Prove that geodesics are length-minimizing curves.

7. State and prove Hopf-Rinow completeness theorem.

8. State definitions and properties of geometric invariants of Riemannian submanifolds and hyperserfaces.

9. Distinguish between intrinsic and extrinsic invariants of Riemannian submanifolds.

10. State the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem. Explain the main ideas behind its proof and its importance as a global-local result

Evaluation Method | Weighting/Points for Each | Details |
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Homework | 50 | Given every 7-10 days |

Midterm | 25 | One mid-term exam |

Final Exam | 25 | In-class final exam |

Topic | Time Devoted to Each Topic | Activity |
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Review of tensors, manifolds, and tensor bundles | 1 week | Lectures |

Riemannian, pseudo-Riemannian and sub-Riemannian metrics. | 1 week | Lectures |

Connections, covariant derivatives, parallel translation | 2 weeks | Lectures |

Riemannian (or Levi-Civita) connection, geodesics, normal coordinates | 2 weeks | Lectures |

Geodesics and distance | 2 weeks | Lectures |

Curvature tensor, Bianchi identities, Ricci and scalar curvatures | 2 weeks | Lectures |

Riemannian sub manifolds, hypersurfaces in the Euclidean space | 2 weeks | Lectures |

The Gauss-Bonnet theorem | 2 weeks | Lectures |

Applications | 1 week | Lectures |

In response to the comment from Physics, the language relating to the Divergence Theorem was made more precise.

mlnosbis 4/15/2016: No overlapping courses. Consultation notes listed above.

ghodge 4/15/2016: Ready for ABGS reviewers. Comment: Assume a standard grading scale. Consider adding grading scale to syllabus

ABGS Reviewer Comments:

--Syllabus does not meet university or Graduate School standards.

ghodge 4/21/2016 return to department and send link to syllabus standards. RESOLVED.

mlnosbis 4/15/2016: No overlapping courses. Consultation notes listed above.

ghodge 4/15/2016: Ready for ABGS reviewers. Comment: Assume a standard grading scale. Consider adding grading scale to syllabus

ABGS Reviewer Comments:

--Syllabus does not meet university or Graduate School standards.

ghodge 4/21/2016 return to department and send link to syllabus standards. RESOLVED.

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