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401-1262-07LAnalysis II Information O10 credits6V + 3UP. S. Jossen
AbstractIntroduction to differential and integral calculus in several real variables, vector calculus: differential, partial derivative, implicit functions, inverse function theorem, minima with constraints; Riemann integral, vector fields, differential forms, path integrals, surface integrals, divergence theorem, Stokes' theorem.
ContentCalculus in several variables; curves and surfaces in R^n; extrema with constraints; integration in n dimensions; vector calculus.
LiteratureH. Amann, J. Escher: Analysis II

J. Appell: Analysis in Beispielen und Gegenbeispielen

R. Courant: Vorlesungen über Differential- und Integralrechnung

O. Forster: Analysis 2

H. Heuser: Lehrbuch der Analysis

K. Königsberger: Analysis 2

W. Walter: Analysis 2

V. Zorich: Mathematical Analysis II (englisch)
401-1152-02LLinear Algebra II Information Restricted registration - show details O7 credits4V + 2UT. H. Willwacher
AbstractEigenvalues and eigenvectors, Jordan normal form, bilinear forms, euclidean and unitary vector spaces, selected applications.
ObjectiveBasic knowledge of the fundamentals of linear algebra.
LiteratureSiehe Lineare Algebra I
Prerequisites / NoticeLinear Algebra I
401-1652-10LNumerical Analysis I Information Restricted registration - show details O6 credits3V + 2UC. Schwab
AbstractThis course will give an introduction to numerical methods, aimed at mathematics majors. It covers numerical linear algebra, quadrature, interpolation and approximation methods as well as their error analysis and implementation.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the fundamental numerical methods as well as
`numerical literacy': application of numerical methods for the solution
of application problems, mathematical foundations of numerical
methods, and basic mathematical methods of the analysis of
stability, consistency and convergence of numerical methods,
MATLAB implementation.
ContentRounding errors, solution of linear systems of equations, nonlinear equations,
interpolation (polynomial as well as trigonometric), least squares problems,
extrapolation, numerical quadrature, elementary optimization methods.
Lecture notesLecture Notes and reading list will be available.
LiteratureLecture Notes (german or english) will be made available to students of ETH BSc MATH.

Quarteroni, Sacco and Saleri, Numerische Mathematik 1 + 2, Springer Verlag 2002 (in German).

There is an English version of this text, containing both German volumes, from the same publisher. If you feel more comfortable with English, you can follow this text as well. Content and Indexing are identical in the German and the English text.
Prerequisites / NoticeAdmission Requirements:
Completed course
Linear Algebra I, Analysis I in ETH BSc MATH
Parallel enrolment in
Linear Algebra II, Analysis II in ETH BSc MATH

Weekly homework assignments involving MATLAB programming
are an integral part of the course.
Turn-in of solutions will be graded.
402-1782-00LPhysics II
Accompanying the lecture course "Physics II", among GESS Science in Perspective is offered: 851-0147-01L Philosophical Reflections on Physics II
O7 credits4V + 2UR. Wallny
AbstractIntroduction to theory of waves, electricity and magnetism. This is the continuation of Physics I which introduced the fundamentals of mechanics.
Objectivebasic knowledge of mechanics and electricity and magnetism as well as the capability to solve physics problems related to these subjects.
Compulsory Courses
Examination Block II
401-2284-00LMeasure and Integration Information O6 credits3V + 2UF. Da Lio
AbstractIntroduction to abstract measure and integration theory, including the following topics: Caratheodory extension theorem, Lebesgue measure, convergence theorems, L^p-spaces, Radon-Nikodym theorem, product measures and Fubini's theorem, measures on topological spaces
ObjectiveBasic acquaintance with the abstract theory of measure and integration
ContentIntroduction to abstract measure and integration theory, including the following topics: Caratheodory extension theorem, Lebesgue measure, convergence theorems, L^p-spaces, Radon-Nikodym theorem, product measures and Fubini's theorem, measures on topological spaces
Lecture notesNew lecture notes in English will be made available during the course
Literature1. L. Evans and R.F. Gariepy " Measure theory and fine properties of functions"
2. Walter Rudin "Real and complex analysis"
3. R. Bartle The elements of Integration and Lebesgue Measure
4. The notes by Prof. Michael Struwe Springsemester 2013,
5. The notes by Prof. UrsLang Springsemester 2019.
6. P. Cannarsa & T. D'Aprile: Lecture notes on Measure Theory and Functional Analysis:
401-2004-00LAlgebra II Information O5 credits2V + 2UR. Pink
AbstractThe main topics are field extensions and Galois theory.
ObjectiveIntroduction to fundamentals of field extensions, Galois theory, and related topics.
ContentThe main topic is Galois Theory. Starting point is the problem of solvability of algebraic equations by radicals. Galois theory solves this problem by making a connection between field extensions and group theory. Galois theory will enable us to prove the theorem of Abel-Ruffini, that there are polynomials of degree 5 that are not solvable by radicals, as well as Galois' theorem characterizing those polynomials which are solvable by radicals.
LiteratureJoseph J. Rotman, "Advanced Modern Algebra" third edition, part 1,
Graduate Studies in Mathematics,Volume 165
American Mathematical Society

Galois Theory is the topic treated in Chapter A5.
401-2554-00LTopology Information Restricted registration - show details O6 credits3V + 2UA. Carlotto
AbstractTopics covered include: Topological and metric spaces, continuity, connectedness, compactness, product spaces, separation axioms, quotient spaces, homotopy, fundamental group, covering spaces.
ObjectiveAn introduction to topology i.e. the domain of mathematics that studies how to define the notion of continuity on a mathematical structure, and how to use it to study and classify these structures.
LiteratureWe will follow these, freely available, standard references by Allen Hatcher:


(for the part on General Topology)


(for the part on basic Algebraic Topology).

Additional references include:

"Topology" by James Munkres (Pearson Modern Classics for Advanced Mathematics Series)

"Counterexamples in Topology" by Lynn Arthur Steen, J. Arthur Seebach Jr. (Springer)

"Algebraic Topology" by Edwin Spanier (Springer).
Prerequisites / NoticeThe content of the first-year courses in the Bachelor program in Mathematics. In particular, each student is expected to be familiar with notion of continuity for functions from/to Euclidean spaces, and with the content of the corresponding basic theorems (Bolzano, Weierstrass etc..). In addition, some degree of scientific maturity in writing rigorous proofs (and following them when presented in class) is absolutely essential.
401-2654-00LNumerical Analysis II Information O6 credits3V + 2UH. Ammari
AbstractThe central topic of this course is the numerical treatment of ordinary differential equations. It focuses on the derivation, analysis, efficient implementation, and practical application of single step methods and pay particular attention to structure preservation.
ObjectiveThe course aims to impart knowledge about important numerical methods for the solution of ordinary differential equations. This includes familiarity with their main ideas, awareness of their advantages and limitations, and techniques for investigating stability and convergence. Further, students should know about structural properties of ordinary diferential equations and how to use them as guideline for the selection of numerical integration schemes. They should also acquire the skills to implement numerical integrators in Python and test them in numerical experiments.
ContentChapter 1. Some basics
1.1. What is a differential equation?
1.2. Some methods of resolution
1.3. Important examples of ODEs
Chapter 2. Existence, uniqueness, and regularity in the Lipschitz case
2.1. Banach fixed point theorem
2.2. Gronwall’s lemma
2.3. Cauchy-Lipschitz theorem
2.4. Stability
2.5. Regularity
Chapter 3. Linear systems
3.1. Exponential of a matrix
3.2. Linear systems with constant coefficients
3.3. Linear system with non-constant real coefficients
3.4. Second order linear equations
3.5. Linearization and stability for autonomous systems
3.6 Periodic Linear Systems
Chapter 4. Numerical solution of ordinary differential equations
4.1. Introduction
4.2. The general explicit one-step method
4.3. Example of linear systems
4.4. Runge-Kutta methods
4.5. Multi-step methods
4.6. Stiff equations and systems
4.7. Perturbation theories for differential equations
Chapter 5. Geometrical numerical integration methods for differential equation
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Structure preserving methods for Hamiltonian systems
5.3. Runge-Kutta methods
5.4. Long-time behaviour of numerical solutions
Chapter 6. Finite difference methods
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Numerical algorithms for the heat equation
6.3. Numerical algorithms for the wave equation
6.4. Numerical algorithms for the Hamilton-Jacobi equation in one dimension
Chapter 7. Stochastic differential equations
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Langevin equation
7.3. Ornstein-Uhlenbeck equation
7.4. Existence and uniqueness of solutions in dimension one
7.5. Numerical solution of stochastic differential equations
Lecture notesLecture notes including supplements will be provided electronically.

Please find the lecture homepage here:

All assignments and some previous exam problems will be available for download on lecture homepage.
LiteratureNote: Extra reading is not considered important for understanding the
course subjects.

Deuflhard and Bornemann: Numerische Mathematik II - Integration gewöhnlicher Differentialgleichungen, Walter de Gruyter & Co., 1994.

Hairer and Wanner: Solving ordinary differential equations II - Stiff and differential-algebraic problems, Springer-Verlag, 1996.

Hairer, Lubich and Wanner: Geometric numerical integration - Structure-preserving algorithms for ordinary differential equations}, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2002.

L. Gruene, O. Junge "Gewoehnliche Differentialgleichungen", Vieweg+Teubner, 2009.

Hairer, Norsett and Wanner: Solving ordinary differential equations I - Nonstiff problems, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1993.

Walter: Gewöhnliche Differentialgleichungen - Eine Einführung, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1972.

Walter: Ordinary differential equations, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1998.
Prerequisites / NoticeHomework problems involve Python implementation of numerical algorithms.
401-2604-00LProbability and Statistics Information O7 credits4V + 2UM. Schweizer
Abstract- Discrete probability spaces
- Continuous models
- Limit theorems
- Introduction to statistics
ObjectiveThe goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the basic ideas and concepts from probability theory and mathematical statistics. This includes a mathematically rigorous treatment as well as intuition and getting acquainted with the ideas behind the definitions. The course does not use measure theory systematically, but does point out where this is required and what the connections are.
Content- Discrete probability spaces: Basic concepts, Laplace models, random walks, conditional probabilities, independence
- Continuous models: general probability spaces, random variables and their distributions, expectation, multivariate random variables
- Limit theorems: weak and strong law of large numbers, central limit theorem
- Introduction to statistics: What is statistics?, point estimators, statistical tests, confidence intervals
Lecture notesThere will be lecture notes (in German) that are continuously updated during the semester.
LiteratureA. DasGupta, Fundamentals of Probability: A First Course, Springer (2010)
J. A. Rice, Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis, Duxbury Press, second edition (1995)
Core Courses
Core Courses: Pure Mathematics
401-3532-08LDifferential Geometry II Information W10 credits4V + 1UU. Lang
AbstractIntroduction to Riemannian geometry in combination with some elements of modern metric geometry. Contents: Riemannian manifolds, Levi-Civita connection, geodesics, Hopf-Rinow Theorem, curvature, second fundamental form, Riemannian submersions and coverings, Hadamard-Cartan Theorem, triangle and volume comparison, relations between curvature and topology, spaces of Riemannian manifolds.
ObjectiveLearn the basics of Riemannian geometry and some elements of modern metric geometry.
Literature- M. P. do Carmo, Riemannian Geometry, Birkhäuser 1992
- S. Gallot, D. Hulin, J. Lafontaine, Riemannian Geometry, Springer 2004
- B. O'Neill, Semi-Riemannian Geometry, With Applications to Relativity, Academic Press 1983
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite is a working knowledge of elementary differential geometry (curves and surfaces in Euclidean space), differentiable manifolds, and differential forms.
401-3462-00LFunctional Analysis II Information W10 credits4V + 1UM. Struwe
AbstractSobolev spaces, weak solutions of elliptic boundary value problems, elliptic regularity
ObjectiveAcquiring the methods for solving elliptic boundary value problems, Sobolev spaces, Schauder estimates
Lecture notesFunktionalanalysis II, Michael Struwe
LiteratureFunktionalanalysis II, Michael Struwe

Functional Analysis, Spectral Theory and Applications.
Manfred Einsiedler and Thomas Ward, GTM Springer 2017
Prerequisites / NoticeFunctional Analysis I and a solid background in measure theory, Lebesgue integration and L^p spaces.
401-3146-12LAlgebraic Geometry Information W10 credits4V + 1UD. Johnson
AbstractThis course is an Introduction to Algebraic Geometry (algebraic varieties and schemes).
ObjectiveLearning Algebraic Geometry.
LiteraturePrimary reference:
* Ulrich Görtz and Torsten Wedhorn: Algebraic Geometry I, Advanced Lectures in Mathematics, Springer.

Secondary reference:
* Qing Liu: Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves, Oxford Science Publications.
* Robin Hartshorne: Algebraic Geometry, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, Springer.
* Siegfried Bosch: Algebraic Geometry and Commutative Algebra (Springer 2013).

Other good textbooks and online texts are:
* David Eisenbud, Joe Harris: The Geometry of Schemes, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, Springer.
* Ravi Vakil, Foundations of Algebraic Geometry,
* Jean Gallier and Stephen S. Shatz, Algebraic Geometry

"Classical" Algebraic Geometry over an algebraically closed field:
* Joe Harris, Algebraic Geometry, A First Course, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, Springer.
* J.S. Milne, Algebraic Geometry,

Further readings:
* Günter Harder: Algebraic Geometry 1 & 2
* I. R. Shafarevich, Basic Algebraic geometry 1 & 2, Springer-Verlag.
* Alexandre Grothendieck et al.: Elements de Geometrie Algebrique EGA
* Saunders MacLane: Categories for the Working Mathematician, Springer-Verlag.
Prerequisites / NoticeRequirement: Some knowledge of Commutative Algebra.
401-3002-12LAlgebraic Topology II Information W8 credits4GA. Sisto
AbstractThis is a continuation course to Algebraic Topology I. The course will cover more advanced topics in algebraic topology including:
cohomology of spaces, operations in homology and cohomology, duality.
Literature1) A. Hatcher, "Algebraic topology",
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002.

The book can be downloaded for free at:

2) G. Bredon, "Topology and geometry",
Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 139. Springer-Verlag, 1997.

3) E. Spanier, "Algebraic topology", Springer-Verlag
Prerequisites / NoticeGeneral topology, linear algebra, singular homology of topological spaces (e.g. as taught in "Algebraic topology I").

Some knowledge of differential geometry and differential topology
is useful but not absolutely necessary.
401-3372-00LDynamical Systems IIW10 credits4V + 1UW. Merry
AbstractThis course is a continuation of Dynamical Systems I. This time the emphasis is on hyperbolic and complex dynamics.
ObjectiveMastery of the basic methods and principal themes of some aspects of hyperbolic and complex dynamical systems.
ContentTopics covered include:

- Hyperbolic linear dynamical systems, hyperbolic fixed points, the Hartman-Grobman Theorem.
- Hyperbolic sets, Anosov diffeomorphisms.
- The (Un)stable Manifold Theorem.
- Shadowing Lemmas and stability.
- The Lambda Lemma.
- Transverse homoclinic points, horseshoes, and chaos.
- Complex dynamics of rational maps on the Riemann sphere
- Julia sets and Fatou sets.
- Fractals and the Mandelbrot set.
Lecture notesI will provide full lecture notes, available here:
LiteratureThe most useful textbook is

- Introduction to Dynamical Systems, Brin and Stuck, CUP, 2002.
Prerequisites / NoticeIt will be assumed you are familiar with the material from Dynamical Systems I. Full lecture notes for this course are available here:

However we will only really use material covered in the first 10 lectures of Dynamical Systems I, so if you did not attend Dynamical Systems I, it is sufficient to read through the notes from the first 10 lectures.

In addition, it would be useful to have some familiarity with basic differential geometry and complex analysis.
» Core Courses: Pure Mathematics (Mathematics Master)
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401-3052-10LGraph Theory Information W10 credits4V + 1UB. Sudakov
AbstractBasics, trees, Caley's formula, matrix tree theorem, connectivity, theorems of Mader and Menger, Eulerian graphs, Hamilton cycles, theorems of Dirac, Ore, Erdös-Chvatal, matchings, theorems of Hall, König, Tutte, planar graphs, Euler's formula, Kuratowski's theorem, graph colorings, Brooks' theorem, 5-colorings of planar graphs, list colorings, Vizing's theorem, Ramsey theory, Turán's theorem
ObjectiveThe students will get an overview over the most fundamental questions concerning graph theory. We expect them to understand the proof techniques and to use them autonomously on related problems.
Lecture notesLecture will be only at the blackboard.
LiteratureWest, D.: "Introduction to Graph Theory"
Diestel, R.: "Graph Theory"

Further literature links will be provided in the lecture.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents are expected to have a mathematical background and should be able to write rigorous proofs.
401-3642-00LBrownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus Information W10 credits4V + 1UW. Werner
AbstractThis course covers some basic objects of stochastic analysis. In particular, the following topics are discussed: construction and properties of Brownian motion, stochastic integration, Ito's formula and applications, stochastic differential equations and connection with partial differential equations.
ObjectiveThis course covers some basic objects of stochastic analysis. In particular, the following topics are discussed: construction and properties of Brownian motion, stochastic integration, Ito's formula and applications, stochastic differential equations and connection with partial differential equations.
Lecture notesLecture notes will be distributed in class.
Literature- J.-F. Le Gall, Brownian Motion, Martingales, and Stochastic Calculus, Springer (2016).
- I. Karatzas, S. Shreve, Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus, Springer (1991).
- D. Revuz, M. Yor, Continuous Martingales and Brownian Motion, Springer (2005).
- L.C.G. Rogers, D. Williams, Diffusions, Markov Processes and Martingales, vol. 1 and 2, Cambridge University Press (2000).
- D.W. Stroock, S.R.S. Varadhan, Multidimensional Diffusion Processes, Springer (2006).
Prerequisites / NoticeFamiliarity with measure-theoretic probability as in the standard D-MATH course "Probability Theory" will be assumed. Textbook accounts can be found for example in
- J. Jacod, P. Protter, Probability Essentials, Springer (2004).
- R. Durrett, Probability: Theory and Examples, Cambridge University Press (2010).
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