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Department of Mathematical Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

MA50182: Metric spaces

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 25%, EX 75%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Click here for further information Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
This course is intended to develop the theory of metric spaces and the topology of Rn for students with both "pure" and "applied" interests.
Objectives: To provide a framework for further studies in Analysis and Topology. Topics useful in applied areas such as the Contraction Mapping Principle will be emphasized. Students will know the fundamental results listed in the syllabus and have an instinct for their utility in analysis and numerical analysis. They should be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the subject.

Definition and examples of metric spaces. Convergence of sequences. Continuous maps and isometries. Sequential definition of continuity. Subspaces and product spaces. Complete metric spaces and the Contraction Mapping Principle. Sequential compactness, Bolzano-Weierstrass theorem and applications. Open and closed sets (with emphasis on Rn). Closure and interior of sets. Topological approach to continuity and compactness (with statement of Heine-Borel theorem). Equivalence of Compactness and sequential compactness in metric spaces. Connectedness and path-connectedness. Metric spaces of functions: C[0,1] is a complete metric space.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

MA50182 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
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