Course descriptions

The Department of Pure Mathematics offers many courses each year. Graduate courses consist of lectures given by faculty members, usually two or three hours per week. Graduate students can take graduate courses for credit, or simply for interest. They can also attend undergraduate courses if extra background is desired.

Please take a look at our current course offerings.

Joint graduate/undergraduate courses

In order to gain credit for a 6xx course a graduate student must do work in addition to that required for the corresponding 4xx course. Typically this involves a reading project accompanied by the presentation of a talk and/or submission of an essay.

Reading course

  • PMATH 690 - Literature and research studies

Intermediate level courses

Our 600 and 700 level courses are offered on a regular basis and are typically graded on the basis of assignments and a final examination.

Advanced level courses

Topics courses

Topics courses are more specialized. Typically 6-7 are offered each year, with contents varying according to timing and instructor availability.

  • 930 - Topics in logic

  • 940 - Topics in number theory

  • 945 - Topics in algebra

  • 950 - Topics in analysis

  • 965 - Topics in geometry and topology

  • 990 - Topics in pure mathematics

Seminars and colloquia

There are regular, on-going seminars in analysis, geometry and topology, number theory and logic. Visitors, professors, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students present their recent research in these seminars. As well, learning seminars are frequently held in the area of any major research strengths. In these seminars, a group of interested people study a new topic.

There is a regular Departmental Colloquium at which distinguished visitors speak. Speakers in the Colloquium are asked to aim their talk to an audience of general mathematicians, rather than the specialists in their area.

The graduate students also organize a Graduate Student Colloquium in which graduate students speak about their mathematical interests. The Graduate Student Colloquium is typically held monthly and is followed by a social event.

Graduate students also organize other specialized seminars.

Graduate course descriptions

Graduate students enrolled in the 600-level "held with" courses will be required to complete additional assignments, a final project and/or an oral presentation over and above the corresponding undergraduate course requirements. 

PMATH 632 held with PMATH 432 - First order logic and computability

The concepts of formal provability and logical consequence in first order logic are introduced, and their equivalence is proved in the soundness and completeness theorems. Gödel's incompleteness theorem is discussed; making use of the halting problem of computability theory. Relative computability and the Turing degrees are further studied.

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PMATH 641 held with PMATH 441 - Algebraic number theory

An introduction to algebraic number theory; unique factorization, Dedekind domains, class numbers, Dirichlet's unit theorem, solutions of Diophantine equations.

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PMATH 646 held with PMATH 446 - Introduction to commutative algebra

Module theory: classification of finitely generated modules over PIDs, exact sequences and tensor products, algebras, localisation, chain conditions.  Primary decomposition, integral extensions, Noether's normalisation lemma, and Hilbert's Nullstellensatz.

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PMATH 650 held with PMATH 450 - Lebesgue integration and Fourier analysis

Lebesgue measure on the line, the Lebesgue integral, monotone and dominated convergence theorems, Lp-spaces: completeness and dense subspaces. Separable Hilbert spaces, orthonormal bases. Fourier analysis on the circle, Dirichlet kernel, Riemann-Lebesgue lemma, Fejer's theorem and convergence of Fourier series.

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PMATH 651 held with PMATH 451 - Measure and integration 

General measures, measurability, Caratheodory extension theorem and construction of measures, integration theory, convergence theorems, L^p spaces, absolute continuity, differentiation of monotone functions, Radon-Nikodym theorem, product measures, Fubini's theorem, signed measures, Urysohn's lemma, Riesz Representation theorems for classical Banach spaces.

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PMATH 665 held with PMATH 465 - Geometry of Manifolds

Point-set topology; smooth manifolds, smooth maps and tangent vectors; the tangent bundle; vector fields, tensor fields and differential forms. Other topics may include: de Rham cohomology; Frobenius Theorem; Riemannian metrics, connections and curvature.

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PMATH 667 held with PMATH 467 - 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.

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PMATH 733 - Model theory and set theory

Model theory: the semantics of first order logic including the compactness theorem and its consequences, elementary embeddings and equivalence, the theory of definable sets and types, quantifier elimination, and omega-stability. Set theory: well-orderings, ordinals, cardinals, Zermelo-Fraenkel axioms, axiom of choice, informal discussion of classes and independence results.

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PMATH 740 - Analytic number theory

Summation methods; analytic theory of the Riemann zeta function; Prime Number Theorem; primitive roots; quadratic reciprocity; Dirichlet characters and infinitude of primes in arithmetic progressions; assorted topics.

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PMATH 745 - Representations of finite groups

Basic definitions and examples: subrepresentations and irreducible representations, tensor products of representations. Character theory. Representations as modules over the group ring, Artin-Wedderburn structure theorem for semisimple rings. Induced representations, Frobenius reciprocity, Mackey's irreducibility criterion.

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PMATH 753 - Functional analysis

Banach and Hilbert spaces, bounded linear maps, Hahn-Banach theorem, open mapping theorem, closed graph theorem, topologies, nets, Hausdorff spaces, Tietze extension theorem, dual spaces, weak topologies, Tychonoff's theorem, Banach-Alaoglu theorem, reflexive spaces.

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PMATH 763 - 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.

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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.

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PMATH 810 - Banach algebras and operator theory

Banach algebras, functional calculus, Gelfand transform, Jacobson radical, Banach space and Hilbert space operators, Fredholm alternative, spectral theorem for compact normal operators, ideals in C*-algebras, linear functionals and states, GNS construction, von Neumann algebras, strong/weak operator topologies, Double Commutant theorem, Kaplansky's Density Theorem, spectral theorem for normal operators.

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