Postgraduate taught 

Mathematics / Applied Mathematics MSc

5E: Functional Analysis MATHS5069

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This is a first course in functional analysis, i.e. the theory of infinite-dimensional vector spaces and of the linear maps between them. In order to be able to discuss the most relevant examples of infinite-dimensional function spaces, the course will begin with a concise development of the Lebesgue integral on R^n and more general spaces.

It will go on to study basic examples of Banach spaces related to the Lebesgue integral, othonormal bases in Hilbert and inner product spaces, basic operator and spectral theory.


34 x 1 hr lectures and 10 x 1 hr tutorials in a semester

Excluded Courses

4H: Functional Analysis (MATHS4103)



90% Examination, 10% Coursework.



Resit opportunities for MSc students.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to the theory of Banach and Hilbert spaces, that is, infinite-dimensional vector spaces equipped with a norm respectively inner product that turns them into a complete

metric space, and of the operators (i.e. linear maps) between these spaces. It will also provide an introduction to spectral theory and introduce numerous examples of bounded linear operators. These objects arise naturally in applications including wavelets, signal processing and quantum mechanics, and underpin the theory of partial differential equations. The course will also introduce the Lebesgue integral on R^n and the resulting function spaces that provide the most important examples of Hilbert and Banach spaces from the point of view of applications.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

(a) Define the notion of a norm and use the basic theory of normed linear spaces and operators acting on these spaces to solve simple problems;

(b) Determine whether a function on a vector space defines a norm, establish whether such norms are complete and determine when norms are equivalent;

(c) Be familiar with basic examples of complete and incomplete normed linear spaces.

(d) Prove the Minkowski inequality and show that the spaces â„“p and Lp are complete;

(e) Prove that all norms on a finite dimensional vector space are equivalent;

(f) State and prove equivalent formulations of boundedness for operators between normed spaces;

(g) Define the operator norm, determine whether simple operators between normed spaces are bounded and compute the norm of these operators,prove that the bounded operators between Banach spaces form a Banach space. Solve simple problems involving the operator norm;

(h) Define the concepts of linear functionals and dual spaces, and discuss extensions of bounded linear functionals;

(i) Use Holder's inequality to exhibit the duality between Lp  and Lq (and â„“p and â„“q) for 1/p+1/q=1, show that â„“1 is the dual space of c0 and ℓ∞ is the dual of â„“1;

(j) State and prove the Hahn-Banach theorem and apply it to solve appropriate problems;

(k) Decide whether a given subspace of a Banach space is closed and whether it has a complement;

(l) Determine whether a bilinear form on a vector space gives an inner product, develop and use the basic theory of Hilbert spaces and orthogonality, use the Gram-Schmidt process to produce orthonormal sequences and use these in problems, describe and use properties of bases in Hilbert spaces;

(m) State and prove the Riesz representation theorem for Hilbert spaces and use this to define and establish properties of the adjoint operator, compute the adjoint of suitable operators;

(n) Define what it means for an operator to be compact, show that the compact operators are an ideal and determine whether certain operators are compact. Prove and apply the spectral theorem for compact self-adjoint operators and discuss how this theorem generalises results for finite dimensional matrices;

(o) Be familiar with shift and multiplication operators on the Hilbert space â„“2

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.