Differential Forms Math 437 Spring 2014


Official Course Number: MATH 437, Section 0101 (3 credits, Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD)
Sessions: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 - 10:45, Room 0409 Math Building
Professor: Bill Goldman (wmg@math.umd.edu), 3106 Math Building, 301-405-5124
Assistant: David Reynosa Valle (vrd@math.umd.edu), 4423 Math Building
Prerequisites: MATH240/461, MATH 410, Strongly reommended: MATH 405, 403 or 436.
Text: David Bachman, A Geometric Approach to Differential Forms, Birkhauser Boston, 2nd Edition

This course develops the theory of exterior differential forms and integration on smooth manifolds. The course aims at the general version of the fundamental theorem of calculus (Green's theorem, Gauss's theorem, the Divergence Theorem and Stokes's theorem).

Tentative Course Schedule:

  • First homewok due Thursday, 6 February. (Chapter 2: Problems 6,11,18,20,35-36,41
  • Second homewok (Chapter 3, Problems 3,6-10,14,27-28,34) due Tuesday, 18 February.
  • Third homewok (Chapter 4, Problems 1,2,3,7,8) due Tuesday, 25 February.
  • Fourth homewok (Chapter 4, Problems 12,17,24,28,30,32) due Tuesday, 4 March.
  • Fifth homewok (Chapter 5, Problems 4, 6, 12, 15, 16) due Tuesday, 11 March.
  • li> First midterm, Thursday, 13 March.
  • Sixth homework (Chapter 6, Problems 2,4,7,12,14, 19), due Tuesday, 1 April
  • Seventh homework (Chapter 6, Problems 22,20, 23, 26, 29, 30), due Tuesday, 8 April
  • Eighth homework (Chapter 7, Problems 1,3,6,7,8), due Tuesday, April 22
  • Ninth homework (Chapter 7, Problems 14,15,16, Chapter 8, Problems 1,2,3 due Thursday, May 1
  • Second Midterm, Thursday, 1 May
  • Handout on Derivations and Interior Multiplication, due Whenever

Grading: The course grade will be determined by homework (40 %), two in-class midterm exams (30 %) a final problem set (20%), and class participation (10 %). Attendance of the lectures is strongly recommended, since there will be material covered in class which may not be in the textbook.

Written Absence Policy: If for some reason you are unable to attend the in-class exams, make arrangements with the instructor before the exam date.

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