Courses in the Department of Mathematics

MA412: Functional Analysis and its Applications 2009/10

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Course materials

Assessment and Exams for this course

General information about MA412: Functional Analysis and its Applications

Lecturer: Amol Sasane
Room: B305 (3rd floor, Columbia House)
Office hours: Please see the office hours page

Lectures and Classes - Timetable

This is a half-unit course, with lectures in the Michaelmas Term.
Classes will start in Week 2 of the Michaelmas Term.

The full timetable for the course can be found on the Timetables website:


Homeworks will be set weekly. The homework has to be handed in by 5:00 p.m. on Mondays. No late work will be accepted. If you don't finish the assignment, hand in whatever you have. Label all work with your name and the course number (MA412). Corrected work will be handed back and discussed in the classes. Solutions for some of the homework exercises will be given out as well. This means that not all exercises need to be discussed in class.

Course material

A complete set of lecture notes will be provided at the start of the term. Additionally, the student may wish to refer to some of the books mentioned in the bibliography of the lecture notes. Among others, the following texts may be used for supplementary reading.

1. E. Kreyszig. Introductory Functional Analysis with Applications. Wiley, 1989.

2. D.G. Luenberger. Optimization by Vector Space Methods. Wiley, 1969.

3. W. Rudin. Real and Complex Analysis; 3rd edition. McGraw Hill, 1987.


During the lectures, the theory will be developed and explained, proofs given, and many examples demonstrated.
In the Summer Term there will be additional lectures, mainly for revision purposes.

Classes and Exercises

In this course, as in other courses in Mathematics, it is very important that all homework questions are attempted and handed in for grading. It is vital to get practice in the various techniques covered in the course. It is also important to hand in homework, so that feedback on it can be given. Corrected work will be handed back and discussed in the class.

Office Hours

The office hours are meant for any questions and problems with the course material that have not or cannot be covered in the normal lectures and classes. You are strongly recommended to make use of them.
The times of the office hours for all lecturers and class teachers can be found on the departmental office hours page.

Course description of MA412: Functional Analysis and its Applications


This course aims at familiarizing the student with the basic concepts, principles and methods of functional analysis and its applications. Functional analysis plays an important role in the applied sciences as well as in mathematics itself. Roughly speaking, functional analysis develops the tools from calculus and linear algebra further to the more general setting where one has vector spaces comprising functions or general abstract infinite-dimensional vector spaces. Problems from various application areas can then be conveniently posed in this common general set up, and solved using the techniques of functional analysis. The basic objects studied in functional analysis are vector spaces with a notion of distance between vectors, and continuous maps between such vector spaces. This interplay between the algebraic and analytic setting gives rise to many interesting and useful results, which have a wide range of applicability to diverse mathematical problems, such as from numerical analysis, differential and integral equations, optimization and approximation theory.

Course Content

The course will cover the following topics:

1. Normed linear spaces and Banach spaces.

2. Continuity and bounded linear operators.

3. Differentiation.

4. Geometry of inner product spaces. Hilbert spaces.

5. Compact operators.

Assessment and Exam Papers

The assessment for this course will be based on two parts:
One set of coursework will count for 10%. This coursework will be set in the middle of the term, and has to be handed in within 2 weeks.
The remaining 90% will be based on a formal 2-hour examination in the Summer Term.

Past exam papers for this course

Please note: students are advised not to rely too heavily on past exam papers when revising for their exams, as they can only offer a limited indication of what might be covered in a future exam. For further information, please see the guidance here:

MA412 Examination Paper 2006 MA412 Solutions to the 2006 exam
MA412 Examination Paper 2007 MA412 Solutions to the 2007 exam
MA412 Examination Paper 2008 MA412 Solutions to the 2008 exam
MA412 Examination Paper 2009 MA412 Solutions to the 2009 exam

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