MATH-404 / 5 credits

Teacher(s): Dolce Michele, Galeati Lucio

Language: English


We introduce locally convex vector spaces. As an example we treat the space of test functions and the space of distributions. In the second part of the course, we discuss differential calculus in Banach spaces and some elements from nonlinear functional analysis.


  • locally convex vector spaces
  • test functions and the dual space of distributions
  • Fréchet-derivative
  • implicit function theorem and consequences on Banach spaces
  • fixed point theorems
  • introduction to degree theory (if time permits)


Locally convex vector spaces, test functions and distributions, analysis on Banach spaces, nonlinear functional analysis

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Analysis I-IV, Linear Algebra I-II, Metric and topological spaces, Functional analysis I

Important concepts to start the course

Basic notions from topology, Banach spaces, differential calculus in finite dimensions, Lebesgue integration

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Formulate the definitions and results of the lectures
  • Apply the concepts learned in class to concrete problems
  • Analyze problems related to the topics treated in the course
  • Choose an appropriate method to solve a given problem
  • Prove some elementary statements about the topics of the course
  • Solve exercises on the topics

Teaching methods

Weekly lectures (on blackboard) and exercise sessions with assistant

Expected student activities

Attending the lectures and solving the exercises

Assessment methods

Written exam

Dans le cas de l'art. 3 al. 5 du Règlement de section, l'enseignant décide de la forme de l'examen qu'il communique aux étudiants concernés.


Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes


Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)



W. Rudin, Functional Analysis. McGraw-Hill, INc., 2nd ed. 1991.

M. Reed and B. Simon. I: Functional analysis. Vol. 1, Orlando Academic Press, 1980.

K. Deimling, Nonlinear Functional Analysis, Springer 1985.



Ressources en bibliothèque


Lecture notes will be available in moodle.

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Functional analysis II
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Type: optional

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