Requirements/prerequisites: 241, 441 at least concurrently.
Duration: 21 weeks
Number of lectures per week: 3
Assessment: Regular assignments
End-of-year Examination: One 3 hour examination
Description: This is a course in mathematical
methods in theoretical particle physics. There will be three main
sections. The first will be a description of the Lorentz and Poincare
groups and their representations. The next part of the course will
concentrate on differential geometry with an introduction to homology
and cohomology groups. The final part of the course will deal with
Lie groups and Lie algebras and their classification. There will be a
discussion of the application of this to global and local symmetries in
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Objectives: This course aims to introduce the mathematical methods that are important in theoretical particle physics.
Oct 9, 2001