• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Mathematics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Ben Andrews
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This is a special topics course which introduces students to the key concepts and techniques of Differential Geometry. Possible topics include:

Surfaces in Euclidean space, general differentiable manifolds, tangent spaces and vector fields, differential forms, Riemannian manifolds, Gauss-Bonnet theorem.

Note: This is an Honours Pathway course. It emphasises mathematical rigour and proof and develops the fundamental ideas of differential geometry from an abstract viewpoint.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the concepts and language of differential geometry and its role in modern mathematics
  2. Analyse and solve complex problems using appropriate techniques from differential geometry with mathematical rigour
  3. Apply problem-solving with differential geometry to diverse situations in physics, engineering or other mathematical contexts

Indicative Assessment

  1. 3 written assignments involving problem-solving, proofs of theorems and extension of theory (10% each) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Workshop participation and presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Lecture participation and 10 in-class (5 minute) quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Take home final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:                   

  •  Face-to-face component consisting of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week, plus 10 x 1 hour workshops over the  semester.
  • Approximately 45 hours of self directed study including preparation for lectures, workshops and quizzes.                 
  • Approximately 39 hours of study towards assignments. 

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed either MATH2320 or MATH3116 with a mark of 60 and above.

Prescribed Texts

Lecture notes provided

Preliminary Reading

  1. John M. Lee, Introduction to smooth manifolds. 2nd ed., Graduate Texts in Mathematics, vol. 218, Springer, New York, 2013.
  2. Manfredo Perdigao do Carmo, Riemannian geometry. Mathematics: Theory & Applications, Birkh ¬®auser Boston, Inc., Boston, MA, 1992. Translated from the second Portuguese edition by Francis Flaherty.



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4112 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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