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# Riemannian Geometry - MAT00101M

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• Department: Mathematics
• Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ian McIntosh
• Credit value: 20 credits
• Credit level: M
• Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

## Module summary

Riemannian geometry extends the study of differential geometry beyond curves and surfaces to look at geometry in any number of dimensions. The key concepts studied here are the Riemannian metric, which enables arc length to be defined and leads to the study of geodesics, and the Levi-Civita connection, which enables parallel transport and leads to the Riemannian curvature tensor.

## Related modules

• None

### Prohibited combinations

• None

While this module can be taken from a general background in pure mathematics, a first course in curves and surfaces would be an advantage.

(UG students, eg those from Natural Sciences or Physics, who have not taken Differential Geometry should consult the lecturer first if they wish to take this module).

## Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 1 2023-24

## Module aims

Riemannian geometry extends the study of differential geometry beyond curves and surfaces to look at geometry in any number of dimensions. The key concepts studied here are the Riemannian metric, which enables arc length to be defined and leads to the study of geodesics, and the Levi-Civita connection, which enables parallel transport and leads to the Riemannian curvature tensor.

## Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate understanding of, and be able to calculate with:

1. The concept of a manifold, including the intrinsic idea of tangent vector fields and differential 1-forms, and how these provide a framework for differential calculus.

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

3. Connections (or covariant derivatives) and parallel transport.

4. Riemannian curvature and related measures of curvature.

5. Geodesics and their relationship to length minimising curves.

## Module content

The basic differential geometry of manifolds; connections, Riemannian metric and the Fundamental Theorem; Riemannian curvature and parallel transport; geodesics and the Hopf-Rinow theorem.

## Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Riemannian Geometry
3 hours 100

None

### Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Riemannian Geometry
3 hours 100

## Module feedback

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