Manifolds and Differential Forms
by Reyer Sjamaar
Publisher: Cornell University 2017
Number of pages: 171
The course covers manifolds and differential forms for an audience of undergraduates who have taken a typical calculus sequence at a North American university, including basic linear algebra and multivariable calculus up to the integral theorems of Green, Gauss and Stokes.
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