Graduate courses

Standard graduate courses in geometry/topology

PMATH 665 Smooth Manifolds

Point-set topology; smooth manifolds, smooth maps, and tangent vectors; the tangent and cotangent bundles; vector fields, tensor fields, and differential forms; Stokes's theorem; integral curves, Lie derivatives, the Frobenius theorem; de Rham cohomology.

Antirequisites: PMATH 465

PMATH 667 Algebraic Topology

Topological spaces and topological manifolds; quotient spaces; cut and paste constructions; classification of two-dimensional manifolds; fundamental group; homology groups. Additional topics may include: covering spaces; homotopy theory; selected applications to knots and combinatorial group theory.

Antirequisite: PMATH 467

PMATH 764 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry

An introduction to algebraic geometry through the theory of algebraic curves. General algebraic geometry: affine and projective algebraic sets, Hilbert's Nullstellensatz, co-ordinate rings, polynomial maps, rational functions and local rings. Algebraic curves: affine and projective plane curves, tangency and multiplicity, intersection numbers, Bezout's theorem and divisor class groups.

Antirequisite: PMATH 464

PMATH 863 Introduction to Lie Groups and Lie Algebras

An introduction to matrix Lie groups and their associated Lie algebras: geometry of matrix Lie groups; relations between a matrix Lie group and its Lie algebra; representation theory of matrix Lie groups.

PMATH 868 Connections and Riemannian Geometry

Review of smooth manifolds. Vector bundles. Connections and curvature, holonomy, characteristic classes. Connections on tangent bundle: torsion, geodesics, exponential map. Riemannian geometry: Levi-Civita connection, Riemannian geodesics, Hopf-Rinow Theorem. Additional topics if time permits.

Specialized topics courses

We typically offer one or two specialized topics courses in the Fall and Winter terms.

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