This Problem Sheet is based on Lectures 51, 52, and 53.

  • Problem 1 shows that Proposition 53.10 is not an “if and only if” statement—a geodesic can still fail to be minimal even without conjugate points.
  • Problem 2 shows that a isometric map between Riemannian manifolds of the same dimension is automatically a Riemannian covering if the domain is complete.
  • Problem 3 relates conjugate points with the rank of the exponential map.
  • Problem 4 asks you to carry out the computation of the Hessian of the energy functional that I skipped in class.
  • Problem 5 shows how curvature bounds can allow one to infer information about conjugate points.

But wait, there’s more! A “bonus” problem sheet is also available here.

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