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Geometry in Physics

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Class begins on October 16

Please register here for the exercise classes. (Registration might not yet be open, more details are provided in the first lecture on Tuesday)

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This course is the module G1 of the Master in Mathematical Physics Program but is open to all degree programs.

Math: Analysis 1 and 2 and linear algebra.
Physics: Prior knowledge is sometimes helpful but not required.

The course provides an introduction to fundamental methods of differential geometry and their relevance for physics. Particular topics are manifolds, differential forms, Riemannian metrics and associated notions of curvature, Riemannian geometry of submanifolds, real and complex vector bundles, and connections. Applications of these concepts in Physics are discussed. 

Learning goals:
Students obtain knowledge, understanding, and acquaintance with the use of the listed notions of differential geometry. They develop, in particular, a deeper understanding of differential and integral calculus and experience through examples how the mathematical notions are naturally applied within physical theories. 

The two weekly 90-minute lectures are accompanied by one weekly 90-minute exercise class, held by Dr. Giovanna Marcelli, where the weekly homework assignments will be discussed. Participants need to register here for the exercises. If there is sufficient demand, a second exercise class will be offered.

In addition to the lecture notes, the following text books could be helpful.

- John Lee, Introduction to smooth manifolds

- John Lee, Riemannian manifolds: An introduction

- Chris Isham, Modern differential geometry for physicists

- M. Nakahara, Geometry, Topology and Physics

Geometry in Physics


Prof. Dr. Stefan Teufel

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