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# Riemannian Geometry - MAT00052M

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• Department: Mathematics
• Module co-ordinator: Dr. Chris Wood
• Credit value: 10 credits
• Credit level: M
• Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

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## Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

## Module aims

• To introduce the concept of a manifold as a space with a locally Euclidean smooth structure.

• To examine Riemann's notion of an intrinsic method for measuring distance on a manifold.

• To study the curvature and geodesics of Riemannian manifolds and obtain some geometric consequences.

## Module learning outcomes

• The concept of a manifold, the intrinsic idea of tangent vector fields and differential 1-forms, and how these provide a framework for differential calculus with many applications (for example in General Relativity).

• The notion of a Riemannian metric, and how it generalises the first fundamental form of surfaces in Euclidean space.

• Connections (or covariant derivatives), parallel transport and curvature, and how to apply them in Riemannian geometry.

• The local theory of geodesics, and their interaction with the global structure of the manifold.

• Simple aspects of the notion of Riemannian curvature.

## Module content

[Pre-requisite knowledge for MSc students: standard calculus, first courses on linear algebra, vector calculus, and differential geometry.]

Syllabus

• Manifolds and smooth functions, with examples.

• Tangent vector fields and the tangent bundle.

• The differential, of maps and 1-forms.

• Connections and covariant derivatives of vector fields and other tensors.

• Riemannian metrics and the Levi-Civita connection: the fundamental theorem of Riemannian geometry.

• Geodesics and parallel transport; geodesic completeness.

• Riemannian and sectional curvature.

## Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Riemannian Geometry
N/A 100

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### Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Riemannian Geometry
N/A 100

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