MTH 434/534: Differential Geometry
Winter 2017
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Tevian Dray

Office hours:
M 1–2 PM and F 1:30–2:30 PM in Kidder 298A
(and by appt)

Phone: 7375159

Email:

Class Meetings:

MWF 3–3:50 PM
& F 3:50–4:20 PM
in Gleeson 100

Text:

Tevian Dray,
Differential Forms and the Geometry of General Relativity

Web Site:
http://oregonstate.edu/~drayt/MTH434

Check the announcements page frequently.

Course Evaluation:

There will be (roughly) weekly homework (30% of grade) and two exams (35% each).

(The exams will most likely be during Weeks 4 and 8.)

Course Description:

This course is a selfcontained introduction to the many uses of differential
forms. This approach emphasizes geometric content in a coordinate independent
way; a good analogy is the use of vectors, rather than their components. We
will spend some time developing the necessary mathematical tools, as well as
applying these tools to concrete examples drawn from the physical sciences.
We will also discuss other selected topics in tensor analysis.
A partial list of course goals can be found here.

Prerequisites:

The formal prerequisites for MTH 434 are MTH 255 and MTH 342; MTH 311
is not required, although it does significantly develop mathematical
maturity. However, the real prerequisite is a certain amount of scientific
maturity, rather than background in a particular area; a working knowledge of
multivariable calculus and linear algebra should be sufficient.

Students not meeting the formal prerequisites will need to contact the
instructor to request an override.

Students with Disabilities:

Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty and
Disability Access Services (DAS). Students with accommodations approved
through DAS should contact me prior to or during the first week of the term to
discuss accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for
accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through DAS should
contact DAS immediately. Further information is available on the
DAS website.