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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MAT3010 Module Title: FUNCTION SPACES (MMATH)
Module Provider: Mathematics Short Name: MS320
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: ZELIK S Dr (Maths)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability


Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Coursework (closed book class tests and exercises)
Written examination (2 hours, unseen)

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview
The objective is to introduce the subject of (infinite dimensional) spaces consisting of functions and show how they are structured by metric, norm or inner product. Cauchy sequences and convergent sequences and completeness are presented and the Contraction Mapping Theorem is discussed and applied to derive the Implicit Function Theorem. The relation between orthogonal bases and Fourier analysis is made clear and applied to practical problems.

MAT1016 Linear Algebra
MAT2004 Real Analysis 2

Module Aims

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the module the student should:
  • Have a basic understanding of the abstract concept of a metric and normed space and apply them to e.g. Euclidean space, C([0,1]) , L1, and L2.
  • Be able to determine whether simple sequences of functions converge pointwise, uniform and/or in norm and appreciate that convergence depends on the choice of norm.
  • Be able to apply the Contraction Mapping Theorem and Implicit Function Theorem in practical situations.
  • Have a firm understanding of inner product spaces and the role of orthogonality in applications; particularly Fourier Theory.
Module Content
The contents of the lectures will include:
·        Metric and normed spaces, their definitions and basic examples, including Euclidean space, discrete metric, and the L1 and L2-norm.
·        Open and closed sets, Cauchy and convergent sequences, completeness.
·        Pointwise versus uniform convergence and uniform limits of continuous functions.
·        Fixed points and the Contraction Mapping Theorem; applications to e.g. (Newton) iteration, the Implicit Function Theorem and existence of solutions of ODEs.
·        Inner product spaces, their definition and basic examples. Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and parallelogram law.
·        Orthogonal systems, Bessel’s inequality.
·        Fourier analysis and applications (such as the wave equation).
  • Compact sets, dense sets and closures.
  • Complete orthogonal systems and Parseval’s equality.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching is by lectures and example classes. Learning takes place through lectures, exercises (example sheets), preparation for tests and background reading.

Selected Texts/Journals

 K. Saxe, Beginning Functional Analysis, Springer, (2001).
 E. Kreyszig, Introductory Functional Analysis with Applications, Wiley (1978).

V. Bryant, Metric Spaces: Iteration and Application, Cambridge University Press (1985).
J.E. Marsden, Elementary Classical Analysis, W.H. Freeman & Co. (1974).


Last Updated

27 July 2009