MA3407 - Introduction to Lie Theory


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course gives a basic introduction to Lie groups and their Lie algebras, mainly focusing on the case of matrix groups. Possible further topics include: representation theory (of semisimple Lie algebras or compact groups), algebraic structure theory of Lie algebras (free, nilpotent, solvable and semisimple Lie algebras), topology of Lie groups.

Learning outcome

1. Knowledge. The student is able to articulate and explain the basic concepts and ideas behind Lie theory, and to elucidate their meaning using examples and application of algebraic or analytic nature. 2. Skills. The student has an overall understanding of Lie groups and Lie algebras. They can formulate problems and carry out simple calculations of Lie-theoretical nature, especially for matrix groups in lower dimensions.

Learning methods and activities

The learning methods and activities depend on the course teacher. The lectures may be given in English. The course will be given in autumn in years of even numbers.

Course materials

Information about course material will be given at the start of the course.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Topology
  • Topology and Geometry
  • Mathematics
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences


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