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Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MATH 4500 - Matrix Groups

Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: multivariable calculus and linear algebra (e.g., MATH 2210 -MATH 2220 , MATH 2230 -MATH 2240 , or MATH 1920  and MATH 2940 ). Familiarity with methods of mathematical proof (as taught, for example, in MATH 3040 , MATH 3110 , or MATH 3340 ).


An introduction to a topic that is central to mathematics and important in physics and engineering. The objects of study are certain classes of matrices, such as orthogonal, unitary, or symplectic matrices. These classes have both algebraic structure (groups) and geometric/topological structure (manifolds). Thus the course will be a mixture of algebra and geometry/topology, with a little analysis as well. The topics will include Lie algebras (which are an extension of the notion of vector multiplication in three-dimensional space), the exponential mapping (a generalization of the exponential function of calculus), and representation theory (which studies the different ways in which groups can be represented by matrices). Concrete examples will be emphasized. Background not included in the prerequisites will be developed as needed.

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