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AS.110.441. Calculus on Manifolds. 4.0 Credits.

This course provides the tools for classical three-dimensional physics and mechanics. This course extends these techniques to the general locally Euclidean spaces (manifolds) needed for an understanding of such things as Maxwell's equations or optimization in higher dimensional contexts, eg. in economics. The course will cover the theory of differential forms and integration. Specific topics include Maxwell's equations in terms of 4D Lorentz geometry, vector (in particular, tangent) bundles, an introduction to de Rham theory, and Sard's theorem on the density of regular values of smooth functions. The course is intended to be useful to mathematics students interested in analysis, differential geometry, and topology, as well as to students in physics and economics.
Instructor(s): J. Morava
Area: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences.