Syllabus for M.Sc. Mathematics

M.Sc. Mathematics or Master of Science in Mathematics is a postgraduate degree course. The duration of the course is 2 years. M.Sc. Mathematics course provides advanced research skills and in-depth knowledge of reasoning and problem-solving skills. It incorporates the foundation of mathematical thinking and teaches both pure and applied mathematics to the core. The degree tends to have a heavy focus on analysis and theory rather than practical uses of math
To pursue M.Sc. in Mathematics students should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum 50% marks from a recognized university with Mathematics as the main subject. Students with a B.E. /B.Tech degree are also eligible for admission to M.Sc. Mathematics course.

M.Sc. Mathematics program consists of two parts namely Part-I and Part II. The Syllabus consists of some core subjects and electives. There might be variations in M.Sc. Mathematics Syllabus followed by the Universities and Colleges in India

Here is the M.Sc. Mathematics Syllabus followed by Punjab University

M.Sc. Part-I

The following five papers shall be studied in M.Sc. Part-I:

  • Paper I Real Analysis
  • Paper II Algebra
  • Paper III Complex Analysis and Differential Geometry
  • Paper IV Mechanics
  • Paper V Topology and Functional Analysis

Note: All the papers of M.Sc. Part-I given above are compulsory.

M.Sc. Part-II

In M.Sc. Part-II examinations, there are six written papers. The following three papers are compulsory.

  • Paper I Advanced Analysis
  • Paper II Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • Paper III Numerical Analysis 

Optional Papers

A student may select any three of the following optional courses for Paper IV, V, and VI.

  1. Mathematical Statistics
  2. Computer Applications
  3. Group Theory
  4. Rings and Modules
  5. Number Theory
  6. Fluid Mechanics
  7. Quantum Mechanics
  8. Special Theory of Relativity and Analytical Mechanics
  9. Electromagnetic Theory
  10. Operations Research
  11. Theory of Approximation and Splines
  12. Advanced Functional Analysis
  13. Solid Mechanics
  14. Theory of Optimization

Note: The students who opt for Computer Applications paper shall have to pass in both the theory and practical parts of the examinations.

Detailed Outline of Courses

M.Sc. Part I Papers

Paper I: Real Analysis


Real Number System

  • Ordered sets, Fields, Completeness property of real numbers
  • The extended real number system, Euclidean spaces

Sequences and Series

  • Sequences, Subsequences, Convergent sequences, Cauchy sequences
  • Monotone and bounded sequences, Bolzano Weierstrass theorem
  • Series, Convergence of series, Series of non-negative terms, Cauchy condensation test
  • Partial sums, The root and ratio tests, Integral test, Comparison test
  • Absolute and conditional convergence

Limit and Continuity

  • The limit of a function, Continuous functions, Types of discontinuity
  • Uniform continuity, Monotone functions


  • The derivative of a function
  • Mean value theorem, Continuity of derivatives
  • Properties of differentiable functions.

Functions of Several Variables

  • Partial derivatives and differentiability, Derivatives and differentials of composite functions
  • Change in the order of partial derivative, Implicit functions, Inverse functions, Jacobians
  • Maxima and minima, Lagrange multipliers


The Riemann-Stieltjes Integrals

  • Definition and existence of integrals, Properties of integrals
  • Fundamental theorem of calculus and its applications
  • Change of variable theorem
  • Integration by parts

Functions of Bounded Variation

  • Definition and examples
  • Properties of functions of bounded variation

Improper Integrals

  • Types of improper integrals
  • Tests for convergence of improper integrals
  • Beta and gamma functions
  • Absolute and conditional convergence of improper integrals

Sequences and Series of Functions

  • Definition of point-wise and uniform convergence
  • Uniform convergence and continuity
  • Uniform convergence and integration
  • Uniform convergence and differentiation

Paper II: Algebra (Group Theory and Linear Algebra)



  • Definition and examples of groups
  • Subgroups lattice, Lagrange’s theorem
  • Cyclic groups
  • Groups and symmetries, Cayley’s theorem

Complexes in Groups

  • Complexes and coset decomposition of groups
  • Centre of a group
  • Normalizer in a group
  • Centralizer in a group
  • Conjugacy classes and congruence relation in a group

Normal Subgroups

  • Normal subgroups
  • Proper and improper normal subgroups
  • Factor groups
  • Isomorphism theorems
  • Automorphism group of a group
  • Commutator subgroups of a group

Permutation Groups

  • Symmetric or permutation group
  • Transpositions
  • Generators of the symmetric and alternating group
  • Cyclic permutations and orbits, The alternating group
  • Generators of the symmetric and alternating groups

Sylow Theorems

  • Double cosets
  • Cauchy’s theorem for Abelian and non-Abelian group
  • Sylow theorems (with proofs)
  • Applications of Sylow theory
  • Classification of groups with at most 7 elements


Ring Theory

  • Definition and examples of rings
  • Special classes of rings
  • Fields
  • Ideals and quotient rings
  • Ring Homomorphisms
  • Prime and maximal ideals
  • Field of quotients

Linear Algebra

  • Vector spaces, Subspaces
  • Linear combinations, Linearly independent vectors
  • Spanning set
  • Bases and dimension of a vector space
  • Homomorphism of vector spaces
  • Quotient spaces

Linear Mappings

  • Mappings, Linear mappings
  • Rank and nullity
  • Linear mappings and system of linear equations
  • Algebra of linear operators
  • Space L( X, Y) of all linear transformations

Matrices and Linear Operators

  • Matrix representation of a linear operator
  • Change of basis
  • Similar matrices
  • Matrix and linear transformations
  • Orthogonal matrices and orthogonal transformations
  • Orthonormal basis and Gram Schmidt process

Eigen Values and Eigen Vectors

  • Polynomials of matrices and linear operators
  • Characteristic polynomial
  • Diagonalization of matrices

Paper III: Complex Analysis and Differential Geometry


The Concept of Analytic Functions

  • Complex numbers, Complex planes, Complex functions
  • Analytic functions
  • Entire functions
  • Harmonic functions
  • Elementary functions: Trigonometric, Complex exponential, Logarithmic and hyperbolic functions

Infinite Series

  • Power series, Derived series, Radius of convergence
  • Taylor series and Laurent series

Conformal Representation

  • Transformation, conformal transformation
  • Linear transformation
  • Möbius transformations

Complex Integration

  • Complex integrals
  • Cauchy-Goursat theorem
  • Cauchy’s integral formula and their consequences
  • Liouville’s theorem
  • Morera’s theorem
  • Derivative of an analytic function

Singularity and Poles

  • Review of Laurent series
  • Zeros, Singularities
  • Poles and residues
  • Cauchy’s residue theorem
  • Contour Integration

Expansion of Functions and Analytic Continuation

  • Mittag-Leffler theorem
  • Weierstrass’s factorization theorem
  • Analytic continuation


Theory of Space Curves

  • Introduction, Index notation and summation convention
  • Space curves, Arc length, Tangent, Normal and binormal
  • Osculating, Normal and rectifying planes
  • Curvature and torsion
  • The Frenet-Serret theorem
  • Natural equation of a curve
  • Involutes and evolutes, Helices
  • Fundamental existence theorem of space curves

Theory of Surfaces

  • Coordinate transformation
  • Tangent plane and surface normal
  • The first fundamental form and the metric tensor
  • The second fundamental form
  • Principal, Gaussian, Mean, Geodesic and normal curvatures
  • Gauss and Weingarten equations
  • Gauss and Codazzi equations

Paper IV: Mechanics


Vector Integration

  • Line integrals
  • Surface area and surface integrals
  • Volume integrals

Integral Theorems

  • Green’s theorem
  • Gauss divergence theorem
  • Stoke’s theorem

Curvilinear Coordinates

  • Orthogonal coordinates
  • Unit vectors in curvilinear systems
  • Arc length and volume elements
  • The gradient, Divergence and curl
  • Special orthogonal coordinate systems

Tensor Analysis

  • Coordinate transformations
  • Einstein summation convention
  • Tensors of different ranks
  • Contravariant, Covariant and mixed tensors
  • Symmetric and skew symmetric tensors
  • Addition, Subtraction, Inner and outer products of tensors
  • Contraction theorem, Quotient law
  • The line element and metric tensor
  • Christoffel symbols


Non Inertial Reference Systems

  • Accelerated coordinate systems and inertial forces
  • Rotating coordinate systems
  • Velocity and acceleration in moving system: Coriolis, Centripetal and transverse acceleration
  • Dynamics of a particle in a rotating coordinate system

Planar Motion of Rigid Bodies

  • Introduction to rigid and elastic bodies, Degrees of freedom, Translations,
  • Rotations, instantaneous axis and center of rotation, Motion of the center of mass
  • Euler’s theorem and Chasle’s theorem
  • Rotation of a rigid body about a fixed axis: Moments and products of inertia of various bodies including hoop or cylindrical shell, circular cylinder, spherical shell
  • Parallel and perpendicular axis theorem
  • Radius of gyration of various bodies

Motion of Rigid Bodies in Three Dimensions

  • General motion of rigid bodies in space: Moments and products of inertia, Inertia matrix
  • The momental ellipsoid and equimomental systems
  • Angular momentum vector and rotational kinetic energy
  • Principal axes and principal moments of inertia
  • Determination of principal axes by diagonalizing the inertia matrix

Euler Equations of Motion of a Rigid Body

  • Force free motion
  • Free rotation of a rigid body with an axis of symmetry
  • Free rotation of a rigid body with three different principal moments
  • Euler’s Equations
  • The Eulerian angles, Angular velocity and kinetic energy in terms of Euler angles, Space cone
  • Motion of a spinning top and gyroscopes- steady precession, Sleeping top

Paper V: Topology & Functional Analysis




  • Definition and examples
  • Open and closed sets
  • Subspaces
  • Neighborhoods
  • Limit points, Closure of a set
  • Interior, Exterior and boundary of a set

Bases and Sub-bases

  • Base and sub bases
  • Neighborhood bases
  • First and second axioms of countablility
  • Separable spaces, Lindelöf spaces
  • Continuous functions and homeomorphism
  • Weak topologies, Finite product spaces

Separation Axioms

  • Separation axioms
  • Regular spaces
  • Completely regular spaces
  • Normal spaces

Compact Spaces

  • Compact topological spaces
  • Countably compact spaces
  • Sequentially compact spaces


  • Connected spaces, Disconnected spaces
  • Totally disconnected spaces
  • Components of topological spaces


Metric Space

  • Review of metric spaces
  • Convergence in metric spaces
  • Complete metric spaces
  • Completeness proofs
  • Dense sets and separable spaces
  • No-where dense sets
  • Baire category theorem

Normed Spaces

  • Normed linear spaces
  • Banach spaces
  • Convex sets
  • Quotient spaces
  • Equivalent norms
  • Linear operators
  • Linear functionals
  • Finite dimensional normed spaces
  • Continuous or bounded linear operators
  • Dual spaces

Inner Product Spaces

  • Definition and examples
  • Orthonormal sets and bases
  • Annihilators, Projections
  • Hilbert space
  • Linear functionals on Hilbert spaces
  • Reflexivity of Hilbert spaces

M.Sc. Part II Papers

Paper I: Advanced Analysis


Advanced Set Theory

  • Equivalent Sets
  • Countable and Uncountable Sets
  • The concept of a cardinal number
  • The cardinals o and c
  • Addition and multiplication of cardinals
  • Cartesian product, Axiom of Choice, Multiplication of cardinal numbers
  • Order relation and order types, Well ordered sets, Transfinite induction
  • Addition and multiplication of ordinals
  • Statements of Zorn’s lemma, Maximality principle and their simple implications


Measure Theory

  • Outer measure, Lebesgue Measure, Measureable Sets and Lebesgue measure, Non measurable sets, Measureable functions

The Lebesgue Integral

  • The Rieman Integral, The Lebesgue integral of a bounded function
  • The general Lebesgue integral

General Measure and Integration

  • Measure spaces, Measureable functions, Integration, General convergence theorems
  • Signed measures, The Lp-spaces, Outer measure and measurability
  • The extension theorem
  • The Lebesgue Stieltjes integral, Product measures

Paper II: Methods of Mathematical Physics


Sturm Liouville Systems

  • Some properties of Sturm-Liouville equations
  • Regular, Periodic and singular Sturm-Liouville systems and its applications

Series Solutions of Second Order Linear Differential Equations

  • Series solution near an ordinary point
  • Series solution near regular singular points

Series Solution of Some Special Differential Equations

  • Hypergeometric function F(a, b, c; x) and its evaluation
  • Series solution of Bessel equation
  • Expression for Jn(X) when n is half odd integer, Recurrence formulas for Jn(X)
  • Orthogonality of Bessel functions
  • Series solution of Legendre equation

Introduction to PDEs

  • Review of ordinary differential equation in more than one variables
  • Linear partial differential equations (PDEs) of the first order
  • Cauchy’s problem for quasi-linear first order PDEs

PDEs of Second Order

  • PDEs of second order in two independent variables with variable coefficients
  • Cauchy’s problem for second order PDEs in two independent variables

Boundary Value Problems

  • Laplace equation and its solution in Cartesian, Cylindrical and spherical polar coordinates
  • Dirichlet problem for a circle
  • Poisson’s integral for a circle
  • Wave equation
  • Heat equation


Fourier Methods

  • The Fourier transform
  • Fourier analysis of generalized functions
  • The Laplace transform

Green’s Functions and Transform Methods

  • Expansion for Green’s functions
  • Transform methods
  • Closed form of Green’s functions

Variational Methods

  • Euler-Lagrange equations
  • Integrand involving one, two, three and n variables
  • Necessary conditions for existence of an extremum of a functional
  • Constrained maxima and minima

Paper III: Numerical Analysis


Error Analysis

  • Errors, Absolute errors, Rounding errors, Truncation errors
  • Inherent Errors, Major and Minor approximations in numbers

The Solution of Linear Systems

  • Gaussian elimination method with pivoting, LU Decomposition methods,  Algorithm and convergence of Jacobi iterative Method, Algorithm and convergence of Gauss Seidel Method
  • Eigenvalue and eigenvector, Power method

The Solution of Non-Linear Equation

  • Bisection Method, Fixed point iterative method, Newton Raphson method, Secant method, Method of false position, Algorithms and convergence of these methods

Difference Operators

  • Shift operators
  • Forward difference operators
  • Backward difference operators
  • Average and central difference operators

Ordinary Differential Equations

  • Euler’s, Improved Euler’s, Modified Euler’s methods with error analysis
  • Runge-Kutta methods with error analysis
  • Predictor-corrector methods for solving initial value problems
  • Finite Difference, Collocation and variational methods for boundary value problems



  • Lagrange’s interpolation
  • Newton’s divided difference interpolation
  • Newton’s forward and backward difference interpolation, Central difference interpolation
  • Hermit interpolation
  • Spline interpolation
  • Errors and algorithms of these interpolations

Numerical Differentiation

 Newton’s Forward, Backward and central formulae for numerical differentiation

Numerical Integration

  • Rectangular rule
  • Trapezoidal rule
  • Simpson rule
  • Boole’s rule
  • Weddle’s rule
  • Gaussian quadrature formulae
  • Errors in quadrature formulae
  • Newton-Cotes formulae

Difference Equations

  • Linear homogeneous and non-homogeneous difference equations with constant coefficients

Option (1): Mathematical Statistics


Probability Distributions

  • The postulates of probability
  • Some elementary theorems
  • Addition and multiplication rules
  • Baye’s rule and future Baye’s theorem
  • Random variables and probability functions

Discrete Probability Distributions

  • Uniform, Bernoulli and binomial distribution
  • Hypergeometric and geometric distribution
  • Negative binomial and Poisson distribution

Continuous Probability Distributions

  • Uniform and exponential distribution
  • Gamma and beta distributions
  • Normal distribution

Mathematical Expectations

  • Moments and moment generating functions
  • Moments of binomial, Hypergeometric, Poisson, Gamma, Beta and normal distributions


Functions of Random Variables

  • Distribution function technique
  • Transformation technique: One variable, Several variables
  • Moment-generating function technique

Sampling Distributions

  • The distribution of mean and variance
  • The distribution of differences of means and variances
  • The Chi-Square distribution
  • The t distribution
  • The F distribution

Regression and Correlation

  • Linear regression
  • The methods of least squares
  • Normal regression analysis
  • Normal correlation analysis
  • Multiple linear regression (along with matrix notation)

Option (2): Computer Applications

The evaluation of this paper will consist of two parts:

  1. Written examination: 50 marks
  2. Practical examination: 50 marks

The practical examination includes 10 marks for the note book containing details of work done in the computer laboratory and 10 marks for the oral examination. It will involve writing and running programs on computational projects. Practical examination will be of three hours duration in which one or more computational projects will be examined.


Fortran Programming

  • Constants
  • Variables
  • Implicit declaration
  • Intrinsic functions
  • Arithmetic operations
  • Arithmetic expressions
  • Assignment statements
  • Relational operators
  • Format statements
  • The block if structure
  • The block do loop structure
  • Count controlled do loop structure
  • Logical constants, variables and expressions
  • The case statement
  • Function subprograms
  • Subroutines
  • One dimensional and two dimensional Arrays
  • Implementation of Fortran in terms of short programs


Implementation of Fortran to the numerical methods

System of linear equations

  • Gaussian elimination method with pivoting
  • LU Decomposition methods
  • Jacobi’s iterative method
  • Gauss-Seidel method

Solutions of non-linear equations

  • Bisection method
  • Newton-Raphson method
  • Secant method
  • Regula Falsi method


  • Lagrange interpolation
  • Newton’s divided and forward difference interpolation

Numerical integration

  • Rectangular rule
  • Trapezoidal rule
  • Simpson’s rule
  • Boole’s rule
  • Weddle’s rule

Differential equations

  • Euler’s methods
  • Runge- Kutta methods
  • Predictor-corrector methods


  • Syntax of Fortran in Mathematica
  • Symbolic representation
  • Algebraic calculations
  • Graphs

Option (3): Advanced Group Theory


The Orbit Stablizer Theorem

  • Stablizer, Orbit, A group with p2 elements
  • Simplicity of An, n 5
  • Classification of Groups with at most 8 elements

Sylow Theorems

  • Sylow theorems (with proofs)
  • Applications of Sylow Theory

Products in Groups

  • Direct Products
  • Classification of Finite Abelian Groups
  • Characteristic and fully invariant subgroups
  • Normal products of groups
  • Holomorph of a group


Series in Groups

  • Series in groups
  • Zassenhaus lemma
  • Normal series and their refinements
  • Composition series
  • The Jordan Holder Theorem

Solvable Groups

  • Solvable groups, Definition and examples
  • Theorems on solvable groups

Nilpotent Groups

  • Characterisation of finite nilpotent groups
  • Frattini subgroups


  • Central extensions
  • Cyclic extensions
  • Groups with at most 31 elements

Linear Groups

  • Linear groups, types of linear groups
  • Representation of linear groups
  • The projective special linear groups

Option (4): Rings and Modules


Ring Theory

  • Construction of new rings
  • Direct sums, Polynomial rings
  • Matrix rings
  • Divisors, units and associates
  • Unique factorisation domains
  • Principal ideal domains and Euclidean domains

Field Extensions

  • Algebraic and transcendental elements
  • Degree of extension
  • Algebraic extensions
  • Reducible and irreducible polynomials
  • Roots of polynomials



  • Definition and examples
  • Submodules
  • Homomorphisms
  • Quotient modules
  • Direct sums of modules
  • Finitely generated modules
  • Torsion modules
  • Free modules
  • Basis, Rank and endomorphisms of free modules
  • Matrices over rings and their connection with the basis of a free module
  • A module as the direct sum of a free and a torsion module

Option (5): Number Theory

Section- I


  • Elementary properties of prime numbers
  • Residue classes and Euler’s function
  • Linear congruences and congruences of higher degree
  • Congruences with prime moduli
  • The theorems of Fermat, Euler and Wilson

Number-Theoretic Functions

  • Möbius function
  • The function [x], The symbols O and their basic properties

Primitive roots and indices

  • Integers belonging to a given exponent (mod p)
  • Primitive roots and composite moduli
  • Determination of integers having primitive roots
  • Indices, Solutions of Higher Congruences by Indices

Diophantine Equations

  • Equations and Fermat’s conjecture for n = 2, n = 4


Quadratic Residues

  • Composite moduli, Legendre symbol
  • Law of quadratic reciprocity
  • The Jacobi symbol

Algebraic Number Theory

  • Polynomials over a field
  • Divisibility properties of polynomials
  • Gauss’s lemma
  • Eisenstein’s irreducibility criterion
  • Symmetric polynomials
  • Extensions of a field
  • Algebraic and transcendental numbers
  • Bases and finite extensions, Properties of finite extensions
  • Conjugates and discriminants
  • Algebraic integers in a quadratic field, Integral bases
  • Units and primes in a quadratic field
  • Ideals, Arithmetic of ideals in an algebraic number field
  • The norm of an ideal, Prime ideals

Option (6: Fluid Mechanics


Conservation of Matter

  • Introduction
  • Fields and continuum concepts
  • Lagrangian and Eulerian specifications
  • Local, Convective and total rates of change
  • Conservation of mass
  • Equation of continuity
  • Boundary conditions

Nature of Forces and Fluid Flow

  • Surface and body forces
  • Stress at a point
  • Viscosity and Newton’s viscosity law
  • Viscous and inviscid flows
  • Laminar and turbulent flows
  • Compressible and incompressible flows

Irrotational Fluid Motion

  • Velocity potential from an irrotational velocity field
  • Streamlines
  • Vortex lines and vortex sheets
  • Kelvin’s minimum energy theorem
  • Conservation of linear momentum
  • Bernoulli’s theorem and its applications
  • Circulation, Rate of change of circulation (Kelvin’s theorem)
  • Aaxially symmetric motion
  • Stokes’s stream function

Two-dimensional Motion

  • Stream function
  • Complex potential and complex velocity, Uniform flows
  • Sources, Sinks and vortex flows
  • Flow in a sector
  • Flow around a sharp edge
  • Flow due to a doublet


Two and Three-Dimensional Potential Flows

  • Circular cylinder without circulation
  • Circular cylinder with circulation
  • Blasius theorem
  • Kutta condition and the flat-plate airfoil
  • Joukowski airfoil
  • Vortex motion
  • Karman’s vortex street
  • Method of images
  • Velocity potential
  • Stoke’s stream function
  • Solution of the Potential equation
  • Uniform flow
  • Source and sink
  • Flow due to a doublet

Viscous Flows of Incompressible Fluids

  • Constitutive equations
  • Navier-Stokes equations and their exact solutions
  • Steady unidirectional flow
  • Poiseuille flow
  • Couette flow
  • Flow between rotating cylinders
  • Stokes’ first problem
  • Stokes’ second problem

Approach to Fluid Flow Problems

  • Similarity from a differential equation
  • Dimensional analysis
  • One dimensional, Steady compressible flow

Option (7): Quantum Mechanics


Inadequacy of Classical Mechanics

  • Black body radiation
  • Photoelectric effect
  • Compton effect
  • Bohr’s theory of atomic structure
  • Wave-particle duality
  • The de Broglie postulate
  • Heisenberg uncertainty principle

The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics: Operators, Eigenfunctions and Eigenvalues

  • Observables and operators
  • Measurement in quantum mechanics
  • The state function and expectation values
  • Time development of the state function (Schrödinger wave equation)
  • Solution to the initial-value problem in quantum mechanics
  • Parity operators

Preparatory Concepts: Function Spaces and Hermitian Operators

  • Particle in a box
  • Dirac notation
  • Hilbert space
  • Hermitian operators
  • Properties of Hermitian operators

Additional One-Dimensional Problems: Bound and Unbound States

  • General properties of the 1-dimensional Schrodinger equation
  • Unbound states
  • One-dimensional barrier problems
  • The rectangular barrier: Tunneling


Harmonic Oscillator and Problems in Three-Dimensions

  • The harmonic oscillator
  • Eigenfunctions of the harmonic oscillator
  • The harmonic oscillator in momentum space
  • Motion in three dimensions
  • Spherically symmetric potential and the hydrogen atom

Angular Momentum

  • Basic properties
  • Eigenvalues of the angular momentum operators
  • Eigenfunctions of the orbital angular momentum operators L2 and Lz
  • Commutation relations between components of angular momentum and their representation in spherical polar coordinates

Scattering Theory

  • The scattering cross-section
  • Scattering amplitude
  • Scattering equation
  • Born approximation
  • Partial wave analysis

Perturbation Theory

  • Time independent perturbation of non-degenerate and degenerate cases
  • Time-dependent perturbations

Identical Particles

  • Symmetric and antisymmetric eigenfunctions
  • The Pauli exclusion principle

Option (8): Special Relativity and Analytical Dynamics


Derivation of Special Relativity

  • Fundamental concepts
  • Einstein’s formulation of special relativity
  • The Lorentz transformations
  • Length contraction, Time dilation and simultaneity
  • The velocity addition formulae
  • Three dimensional Lorentz transformations

The Four-Vector Formulation of Special Relativity

  • The four-vector formalism
  • The Lorentz transformations in 4-vectors
  • The Lorentz and Poincare groups
  • The null cone structure
  • Proper time

Applications of Special Relativity

  • Relativistic kinematics
  • The Doppler shift in relativity
  • The Compton effect
  • Particle scattering
  • Binding energy, Particle production and particle decay

Electromagnetism in Special Relativity

  • Review of electromagnetism
  • The electric and magnetic field intensities
  • The electric current
  • Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves
  • The four-vector formulation of Maxwell’s equations


Lagrange’s Theory of Holonomic and Non-Holonomic Systems

  • Generalized coordinates
  • Holonomic and non-holonomic systems
  • D’Alembert’s principle, D-delta rule
  • Lagrange equations
  • Generalization of Lagrange equations
  • Quasi-coordinates
  • Lagrange equations in quasi-coordinates
  • First integrals of Lagrange equations of motion
  • Energy integral
  • Lagrange equations for non-holonomic systems with and without Lagrange multipliers
  • Hamilton’s Principle for non-holonomic systems

Hamilton’s Theory

  • Hamilton’s principle
  • Generalized momenta and phase space
  • Hamilton’s equations
  • Ignorable coordinates, Routhian function
  • Derivation of Hamilton’s equations from a variational principle
  • The principle of least action

Canonical Transformations

  • The equations of canonical transformations
  • Examples of canonical transformations
  • The Lagrange and Poisson brackets
  • Equations of motion, Infinitesimal canonical transformations and conservation theorems in the Poisson bracket formulation

Hamilton-Jacobi Theory

  • The Hamilton-Jacobi equation for Hamilton’s principal function
  • The harmonic oscillator problem as an example of the Hamilton-Jacobi method
  • The Hamilton-Jacobi equation for Hamilton’s characteristic function
  • Separation of variables in the Hamilton-Jacobi equation

Option (9): Electromagnetic Theory.


Electrostatic Fields

  • Coulomb’s law, The electric field intensity and potential
  • Gauss’s law and deductions, Poisson and Laplace equations
  • Conductors and condensers
  • Dipoles, The linear quadrupole
  • Potential energy of a charge distribution, Dielectrics
  • The polarization and the displacement vectors

Magnetostatic Fields

  • The Magnetostatic law of force
  • The magnetic induction
  • The Lorentz force on a point charge moving in a magnetic field
  • The divergence of the magnetic field
  • The vector potential
  • The conservation of charge and the equation of continuity
  • The Lorentz condition
  • The curl of the magnetic field
  • Ampere’s law and the scalar potential

Steady and Slowly Varying Currents

  • Electric current, Linear conductors
  • Conductivity, Resistance
  • Kirchhoff’s laws
  • Current density vector
  • Magnetic field of straight and circular current
  • Magnetic flux, Vector potential
  • Forces on a circuit in magnetic field
  • The Faraday induction law
  • Induced elecromotance in a moving system
  • Inductance and induced electromotance
  • Energy stored in a magnetic field


The Equations of Electromagnetism

  • Maxwell’s equations in free space and material media
  • Solution of Maxwell’s equations

Electromagnetic Waves

  • Plane electromagnetic waves in homogeneous and isotropic media
  • The Poynting vector in free space
  • Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves in non-conductors
  • Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves in conducting media
  • Reflection and refraction of plane waves

Guided Waves

  • Guided waves, Coaxial line, Hollow rectangular wave guide
  • Radiation of electromagnetic waves
  • Electromagnetic field of a moving charge

Option (10): Operations Research


Linear Programming

  • Linear programming, Formulations and graphical solution
  • Simplex method
  • M-Technique and two-phase technique
  • Special cases

Duality and Sensitivity Analysis

  • The dual problem, Primal-dual relationships
  • Dual simplex method
  • Sensitivity and postoptimal analysis

Transportation Models

  • North-West corner
  • Least-Cost and Vogel’s approximations methods
  • The method of multipliers
  • The assignment model
  • The transhipment model
  • Hungarian method


Net work Minimization and Integer Programming

  • Network minimization
  • Shortest-Route algorithms for acyclic networks
  • Maximal-flow problem
  • Matrix definition of LP problem
  • Revised simplex method, Bounded variables
  • Decomposition algorithm
  • Parametric linear programming
  • Applications of integer programming
  • Cutting-plane algorithms
  • Branch-and-bound method
  • Elements of dynamic programming
  • Programmes by dynamic programming

Option (11): Theory of Approximation and Splines


Euclidean Geometry

  • Basic concepts of Euclidean geometry
  • Scalar and vector functions
  • Barycentric coordinates
  • Convex hull
  • Affine maps: Translation, Rotation, Scaling, Reflection and shear

Approximation using Polynomials

  • Curve Fitting: Least squares line fitting, Least squares power fit, Data linearization method for exponential functions, Nonlinear least-squares method for exponential functions, Transformations for data linearization, Linear least squares, Polynomial fitting
  • Chebyshev polynomials, Padé approximations


Parametric Curves (Scalar and Vector Case)

  • Cubic algebraic form
  • Cubic Hermite form
  • Cubic control point form
  • Bernstein Bezier cubic form
  • Bernstein Bezier general form
  • Uniform B-Spline cubic form
  • Matrix forms of parametric curves
  • Rational quadratic form
  • Rational cubic form
  • Tensor product surface, Bernstein Bezier cubic patch, Quadratic by cubic

Bernstein Bezier patch, Bernstein Bezier quartic patch

  • Properties of Bernstein Bezier form: Convex hull property, Affine invariance property, Variation diminishing property
  • Algorithms to compute Bernstein Bezier form
  • Derivation of Uniform B-Spline form

Spline Functions

  • Introduction to splines
  • Cubic Hermite splines
  • End conditions of cubic splines: Clamped conditions, Natural conditions, 2nd

Derivative conditions, Periodic conditions, Not a knot conditions

  • General Splines: Natural splines, Periodic splines
  • Truncated power function, Representation of spline in terms of truncated power functions, examples

Option (12): Advanced Functional Analysis


Compact Normed Spaces

  • Completion of metric spaces
  • Completion of normed spaces
  • Compactification
  • Nowhere and everywhere dense sets and category
  • Generated subspaces and closed subspaces
  • Factor Spaces
  • Completeness in the factor spaces

Complete Orthonormal set

  • Complete orthonormal sets
  • Total orthonormal sets
  • Parseval’s identity
  • Bessel’s inequality

The Specific geometry of Hilbert Spaces

  • Hilbert spaces
  • Bases of Hilbert spaces
  • Cardinality of Hilbert spaces
  • Linear manifolds and subspaces
  • Othogonal subspaces of Hilbert spaces
  • Polynomial bases in L2 spaces


Fundamental Theorems

  • Hahn Banach theorems
  • Open mapping and closed graph theorems
  • Banach Steinhass theorem


  • Semi norms, Locally convex spaces
  • Quasi normed linear spaces
  • Bounded linear functionals
  • Hahn Banach theorem

Dual or Conjugate spaces

  • First and second dual spaces
  • Second conjugate space of p l
  • The Riesz representation theorem for linear functionals on a Hilbert spaces
  • Conjugate space of Ca,b
  • A representation theorem for bounded linear functionals on Ca,b

Uniform Boundedness

  • Weak convergence
  • The Principle of uniform boundedness
  • Consequences of the principle of uniform boundedness

Option (13): Solid Mechanics



  • Analysis of stress and strain
  • Generalized Hook’s law
  • Differential equations of equilibrium in terms of stress and in terms of displacements
  • Boundary conditions
  • Compatibility equations
  • Plane stress, Plane strain, Stress functions
  • Two-dimensional problems in rectangular and polar co-ordinates
  • Torsion problems



  • Equations of wave propagation in elastic solids
  • Primary and secondary waves
  • Reflection and transmission at plane boundaries
  • Surface wave: Love waves and Raleigh waves
  • Dispersion relations
  • Geophysical applications

Option (14): Theory of Optimization


The Mathematical Programming Problem

  • Formal statement of the problem
  • Types of maxima, the Weierstrass Theorem and the Local-Global theorem
  • Geometry of the problem

Classical Programming

  • The unconstrained case
  • The method of Lagrange multipliers
  • The interpretation of the Lagrange multipliers
  • The case of no inequality constraints
  • The Kuhn-Tucker conditions
  • The Kuhn-Tucker theorem
  • The interpretation of the Lagrange multipliers
  • Solution algorithms

Linear Programming

  • The Dual problems of linear programming
  • The Lagrangian approach; Existence, Duality and complementary slackness theorems
  • The interpretation of the dual
  • The simplex algorithm


The Control Problem

  • Formal statement of the problem
  • Some special cases
  • Types of Control
  • The Control problem as one of programming in on infinite dimensional space; The generalized Weierstrass theorem

Calculus of Variations

  • Euler equations
  • Necessary conditions
  • Transversality condition
  • Constraints

Dynamic Programming

  • The principle of optimality and Bellman’s equation
  • Dynamic programming and the calculus of variations
  • Dynamic programming solution of multistage optimization problems

Maximum Principle

  • Co-state variables, The Hamiltonian and the maximum principle
  • The interpretation of the co-state variables
  • The maximum principle and the calculus of variations
  • The maximum principle and dynamic programming
  • Examples