Modern Geometry

Math 467-500

Spring 2003




Instructor: Peter F. Stiller
Office: Blocker Bldg. 634B
Office Phone: 862-2905
E-mail: stiller@math.tamu.edu
Office Hours: Spring Schedule



Course Information

Time: TTh 2:20 to 3:35
Place: Blocker Bldg. 163
Text: Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries: Development and History by Marvin J. Greenberg
Supplementary Material: See the bibliography below
Prerequisites: Some experience with proofs - for example Math 304.
Grades: We will have two major exams, a mid-term and a final. Both will count for 30% of the grade. The mid-term will include an in class, as well as a take home, portion. We will have three in class quizzes that will count for 15% (5% each) and 5 problem sets that will count 25% (5% each).
Overview: This course will introduce the students to Euclidean Geometry and to some of the subsequent developments in Non-Euclidean Geometry, particularly hyperbolic geometry.



Syllabus

Detailed Description: We will cover a substantial portion of the book.

Topics



Bibliography:




Week #1 January 13 - 17

Read: Introduction and Chapter 1, pages 6-24. Try the following exercises:


Assignment #1 Due Tuesday January 21st in class.

Do the following exercises: Exercise 6 page 30 and Major Exercise 1 page 31-32.


Week #2 January 20-24

Read: Chapter 2, pages 38-58. Try the following exercises:


Assignment #2 Due Thursday January 30 in class.

Do the following exercises: Exercises 2, 5, 6, 9 pages 63 and 64.


Week #3 January 27 - January 31

Read: Chapter 3, pages 70-76.


Quiz #1 Tuesday February 4 in class.




Week #4 February 3 - February 7

Read: Chapter 3, pages 77-82.


Assignment #3 Due Thursday February 13 in class.

Do the following exercises: Exercises 2d, 3, 4, 5, read 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19 pages 105-107.


Week #5 February 10 - February 14

Read: Chapter 3, pages 83-92.


Quiz #2 Tuesday February 18 in class.



Week #6 February 17 - February 21

Read: Chapter 3, pages 93-98.


Assignment #4 Due Tuesday February 25 in class.

Do the following exercises: Exercises 26, 29, 32, 36 pages 109-110.


Week #7 February 24 - February 28

Read: Chapter 3, pages 98-114 and Chapter 4, 115-118.


Quiz #3 Tuesday March 4 in class.




Week #8 March 3 - March 7

Read: Chapter 4, pages 115-121.

Take Home portion of the Mid-Term handed out March 4th.

Date of Mid-Term Exam Thursday March 20th.

Take Home portion of Mid-Term Exam handed out March 4th due March 20th.




Week #9 March 10 - March 14

Spring Break!!


Week #10 March 17 - March 21

Study Day March 18th - NO CLASS.

Mid-Term Exam in class Thursday March 20th.

Take-Home portion due Thursday March 20th.


Week #11 March 24 - March 28

Read: Chapter 4, pages 122-134.


Assignment #5 Due Tuesday April 1 in class.

Do the following exercises: Exercises 4, 12, 13, 21 pg. 136-140.





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