Groups and Symmetries

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Groups and Symmetries

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:

    Aims and objectives:
    To provide an understanding of group theory and some of its applications.

    General group theory: Definitions of a group, cyclic groups, coset spaces, conjugacy classes, normal subgroups,
    quotient groups, dihedral groups, isomorphism theorems, group of automorphisms. Direct products and semi-direct
    Classical groups: GL(n,R), U(n), SU(n), 0(n), S0(n) and the various relations between them; centres of classical
    groups; 0(n) = Z2 x S0(n), n odd; the semi-direct product relation for n even; scalar product and 0(n), U(n);
    parametrization of S0(2) and S0(3), rotations in R2 and R3; S0(3) = SU(2)/Z2; Euclidean group, Lorentz group.
    Applications to symmetries of geometrical objects, vector fields and equations.

    Assessment: written examination/s

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