Math 212a / MWF 12-1 / Science Center 309
Harvard University - Fall 1998
Curtis T McMullen
Real Analysis, 3rd ed.
Functional Analysis, 2nd ed.
Intended for graduate students.
Undergraduates require the permission of the instructor.
Freshmen who wish to enroll must talk to the
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics, Prof. Taubes.
Measure and Category.
Lectures on Functional Analysis.
This course will provide a rigorous introduction to
measurable functions, Lebesgue integration, Banach spaces
Possible topics include:
Reading and Lectures.
Students are responsible for all topics covered in
the readings and lectures.
Assigned material should be read before
coming to class. Lectures may go beyond the
reading, and not every topic in the reading will be
covered in class.
Functions of a real variable
Real numbers; open sets; Borel sets; transfinite induction.
Measurable functions. Littlewood's 3 principles.
Monotonicity, bounded variation, absolute continuity.
Differentiable and convex functions.
The classical Banach spaces.
Open mapping theorem, closed graph theorem.
Uniform boundedness principle.
Weak topologies, Alaoglu's theorem.
The space of measures.
Solutions of elliptic equations.
Graduate students who have passed their
quals are excused from a grade for this course.
Grades for other students will be based on
homework (50%) and a take-home final (50%).
Your lowest homework grade will be dropped.
Homework will be assigned once every
week or two.
Late homework will not be accepted.
Collaboration between students is encouraged, but you
must write your own solutions, understand them and
give credit to your collaborators.
There will be a take-home final, available at 12 pm on
Monday, 11 January, and due by 4:00 pm on Friday, 15 January.
The final should be picked up and returned to the Math
Department Office, 325 Science Center.
Collaboration on the final is not permitted,
but you may refer to your course notes and the texts for the
16 Sept (W): First class
12 Oct (M): Columbus day -- no class
19 Oct (M): Last day to add or drop courses
11 Nov (W): Veteran's day -- no class
27 Nov (F): Thanksgiving -- no class
16 Dec (W): Last class
4 Jan (M): Reading period begins
11-15 Jan (M-F): Take-home final
16 Jan (Sat): Exams begin
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