401-3531-00L  Differential Geometry I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersW. Merry
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentAt most one of the three course units (Bachelor Core Courses)
401-3461-00L Functional Analysis I
401-3531-00L Differential Geometry I
401-3601-00L Probability Theory
can be recognised for the Master's degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. In this case, you cannot change the category assignment by yourself in myStudies but must take contact with the Study Administration Office (www.math.ethz.ch/studiensekretariat) after having received the credits.

AbstractThis will be an introductory course in differential geometry.

Topics covered include:

- Smooth manifolds, submanifolds, vector fields,
- Lie groups, homogeneous spaces,
- Vector bundles, tensor fields, differential forms,
- Integration on manifolds and the de Rham theorem,
- Principal bundles.
LiteratureThere are many excellent textbooks on differential geometry. A friendly and readable book that covers everything in Differential Geometry I is:

John M. Lee "Introduction to Smooth Manifolds" 2nd ed. (2012) Springer-Verlag.

A more advanced (and far less friendly) series of books that covers everything in both Differential Geometry I and II is:

S. Kobayashi, K. Nomizu "Foundations of Differential Geometry" Volumes I and II (1963, 1969) Wiley.