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# Details for the Course Syllabus for Course FMA160F valid from Autumn 2018

General
• English
• Once every semester
Aim
• The aim of the course is to acquaint the postgraduate student with the basics of Riemannian geometry, in particular smooth manifolds of arbitrary finite dimensions, tangent bundles and Lie derivatives. The subject is an important field of research in mathematics, but methods from the subject are also important for mechanics -- where typically the phase space for a mechanical system is described by the tangent bundle of a nontrivial manifold -- and in the general theory of relativity.
Contents
• Differentiable Manifolds. The Tangent Space. The Tangent Bundle. Riemannian Manifolds. The Levi-Civita Connection. Geodesics. The Riemann Curvature Tensor. Curvature and Local Geometry.
Knowledge and Understanding
• For a passing grade the doctoral student must
• be able to account for the definition a differentiable manifold and be able to describe the most common families of Lie groups.

be able to account for the definition of the tangent space of a differentiable manifold, and give examples.

be able to explain the concepts immersion, embedding and submersion, and state different versions of the inverse mapping theorem.

be able to account for the definition of the tangent bundle of a differentiable manifold, with examples, and explain the relation between Lie algebras and Lie groups.

be able to account for the definitions of a Riemann metric and of a Riemannian manifold, and give some examples.

be able to account for the definition of the Levi-Civita connection on a Riemannian manifold, and explain why it is useful.

be able to briefly account for the theory of geodesics on Riemannian manifolds, and for polar coordinates.

be able to state some properties of the Riemann curvature tensor.
Competences and Skills
• For a passing grade the doctoral student must
Judgement and Approach
• For a passing grade the doctoral student must
Types of Instruction
• Lectures
Examination Formats
• Oral exam
• Failed, pass
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
Literature
• Gudmundsson, S.: An Introduction to Riemannian Geometry. Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Lund University, 2017.
• The participants should also consult some of the other books that are recommended on the course web page.
Further Information
Course code
• FMA160F