MATH-UA 377: Differential Geometry Spring 2022

Instructor: Deane Yang
Email: deane.yang@nyu.edu
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm
Warren Weaver Hall, 517
Recitation: Mondays, 8am-9:15apm
Warren Weaver Hall, 512
Office Hours: TBA

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Calendar (subject to change)
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Prerequisites

About the course

This course is an introduction to differential geometry, which can be described as studying the geometric properties of a curved space using calculus. The focus will be on the geometry of curves and surfaces in 3-space but with an eye on how to extend the concepts to abstract geometric spaces. The approach taken will be more abstract than found in existing textbooks, and therefore we will rely mostly on notes I have written.

The homework and exams will focus on applying the concepts to both concrete and abstract examples using both calculations and logical reasoning. The latter is often called "doing proofs".

Mandatory tools you will use in this course
Textbooks

Experimental Notes on Elementary Differential Geometry (Updated regularly during semester)

Peter Petersen, Classical Differential Geometry. (Notes from UCLA undergraduate differential geometry course)

Questions?
Course Grade Factors (subject to change)