Differential Geometry I/Differentialgeometrie I

Winter term 2023/24

Prof. Bernd Ammann, Office M 119

Current Announcements

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This course is "English on demand". This means the language will be decided during the first week of the lecture. If there is at least one non-German-speaking person in the audience who is sincerely following the lecture, then the lecture will be given in English.

Time and Location

Monday and Friday 10-12, in M102.

Recommended previous knowledge

Content of the Lecture

This lecture is an introduction to differential geometry, more precisely to semi-Riemannian manifolds, their curvature and global properties.
The main topic are Riemannian metrics on manifolds. The simplest examples are surfaces in Euclidean space ℝ3. Such surfaces may be intrinsically curved, as e.g. the sphere. Or they may only be extrinsically curved, as e.g. a cylinder -- which may be cut by a "scissor" and then this surface is isometric to an open set of a plane.
The goal is to understand not only surfaces, but similar curvature quantities in arbitrary dimensions and codimensions, a generalization going back to work of Bernhard Riemann. Very similar structures were later used by Einstein and others in order to get a mathematical framework to describe general relativity. The theory is still a very active area in mathematics and theoretical physics. The lecture will be continued in the summer term.





Exercise groups

We recommend that any students takes part in one of the exercise groups. Currently two exercise groups are planned:

Exercise Sheets

There will be a weekly exercise sheet, the solutions will be presented and discussed in the exercise groups. and finally all exercise sheets in one pdf file.

Links to related web pages


The examination is an oral examination of about 30 minutes.
we will offer several alternatives and you also ma suggest other dates.
The examination can take place during the week Feb 5th to Feb 9th (last week of the teaching period), or after February 26th.

Formal criteria/Kriterien für Leistungsnachweise

We refer to the KVV.

Event number (Veranstaltungsnummer, z.B. in SPUR)

51106: Vorlesung
51107: Übungen
Bernd Ammann, 31.01.2024
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