- Prof. Melvin Leok

Office: Math 430

Email: mleok @ math . purdue . edu

Office Hours: TTh, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, MATH 430, and by appointment.

- This course is an introduction to the theory of differentiable manifolds, as well as vector and tensor analysis and integration on manifolds. The course is particularly useful for students interested in differential geometry, Lie groups, and global analysis, and serves as a foundation course for work in geometric mechanics and geometric control theory. In addition, it is the basis of the modern approach to applied fields such as fluid mechanics, electromagnetism, elasticity, and general relativity.
- Topics will include smooth manifolds, tangent vectors, inverse and implicit function theorems, submanifolds, vector fields, integral curves, differential forms, the exterior derivative, partitions of unity, integration on manifolds. If time permits, we will also discuss the fundamentals of Riemannian geometry, the Levi-Civita connection, parallel transport, geodesics, and the curvature tensor.

- William M. Boothby, An
Introduction to Differentiable
Manifolds and Riemannian Geometry, Revised Second Edition, Academic
Press, 2002.

(Electronic version of second edition (1984) in DejaVu format)

- Chapters 1-6, and time permitting, Chapters 7-8.

- Manifolds, Tensor Analysis, and Applications, Third Edition, Electronic Version. [ Password protected ]
- Chapter 9 (An Introduction to Lie Groups), Mechanics and Symmetry, Second Edition, Electronic Version. [ Password protected ]

- Homework (assigned biweekly) 50%
- Midterm (in class) 20%
- Final Exam (in class) 30%

- Homework is an essential part of advanced mathematics courses. Most students will find that some problems will require repeated and persistent effort to solve. This process is an integral component of developing a mastery of the material presented, and students who do not dedicate the necessary time and effort towards this will compromise their performance in the exams in this course, and their ability to apply this material in their subsequent work.
- A student may after working conscientiously on a problem for over 30 minutes, consult with other current Math 562 students to develop and clarify their approach to the problem. The written solution should however be an independent and individual effort that reflects the student's understanding of the problem and its solution.
- As a general guide, a student should be able to independently reproduce any solution that is submitted as homework. Copying of solutions is not permitted and will be considered a violation of these guidelines.