Math 3020: Calculus of Variations
TueTh 2:00 - 3:15pm -- CL 236
- Instructor. Dr. Marta Lewicka (office hours in Thack
408, Th 5:30pm or by appointment)
- Contents and textbook. The purpose of this course is to introduce a variety of
basic techniques and results in contemporary Calculus of
Variations. The course will be self-contained. We will largely follow
Rindler: Calculus of Variations
- Prerequisites. The course is intended for graduate students;
undergraduates require permission of the instructor (easily granted).
Familiarity with Real Analysis at the graduate level will be assumed.
If in doubt, consult with the books:
- Brezis: Functional analysis, Sobolev spaces and Partial
Differential Equations (also, you may read the shorter French
edition: Analyse fonctionelle - Theorie et applications)
- Lieb and Loss: Analysis
- Grades. Grades will be based on the final exam (50%) and a presentation (50%).
Incompletes and make-up exams will almost never be given,
and only for cases of extreme personal tragedy.