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From the Aharonov-Bohm effect in quantum mechanics to the curved spacetime of General Relativity, differential geometry is everywhere in physics. In this course we will explore the basics of differential geometry from a hands-on physicist's perspective and develop the necessary tools to understand the main ideas of spacetime and General Relativity.
Keywords: Vectors, matrices, tensors, and coordinates; why you need a covariant derivative; what is a metric; geometry of 2D surfaces; differentiable manifolds; what is curvature; why are differential forms so useful; selected applications (participants can decide what will be covered): spacetime as a differentiable manifold, Maxwell's equations as differential forms, curvature in General Relativity, gauge theories
|when||lecture: Friday, 11am, Small 122
office hours: Monday, 10-11am, Small 235
|contact||Jens Boos (email@example.com)|