PURE MTH 7108 - Geometry of Surfaces

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

The geometry of surfaces is a classical subject, dating back to the 19th century and the work of Gauss. It provides an excellent introduction to the ideas of contemporary differential geometry and Riemannian geometry. Topics covered are: The inverse and implicit function theorems; submanifolds of Rn; differential forms; Stokes' theorem for submanifolds of Rn. Curvature of curves and surfaces in R3; geodesics. The Gauss-Bonnet theorem. Surfaces of zero gaussian curvature; minimal surfaces.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PURE MTH 7108
    Course Geometry of Surfaces
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MATHS 2100 or MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202
    Assessment assessment 30%, exam 70%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Raymond Vozzo

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Understand basic topology and differentiation in R^n.
    2. Understand and be able to apply the inverse and implicit function theorems.
    3. Understand and be able to work with submanifolds in their various forms.
    4. Understand and be able to calculate with the geometry of curves.
    5. Understand and be able to calculate with the geometry of surfaces.
    6. Understand integration on surfaces and be able to calculate such integrals.
    7. Understand the Gauss-Bonnet theorem and be able to apply it.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    1. Manfredo de Carmo: Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 514.75 C287
    2. John A. Thorpe: Elementary Topics in Differential Geometry 514.7 T519e
    3. Baxandall, Peter and Liebeck, Hans: Vector Calculus 517.2 B355v
    4. Lipshutz, Martin: Shaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Differential Geometry 513.73 L767
    5. Gray, Alfred: Modern Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 514.7 G778m
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, sample solutions, discussion boards, etc. It is recommended that the students make appropriate use of these resources. Link to MyUni login page:https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. A sequence of written assignments provides assessment
    opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Quantity Workload Hours
    Lectures 30 90
    Tutorials 6 22
    Assignments 5 44
    Total 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Outline
    1. Introduction and review of topology on R^n  (2 lectures)
    2. Differentiable functions on R^n (5 lectures)
    3. Inverse and implicit function theorems (3 lectures)
    4. Submanifolds (4 lectures)
    5. Curves (3 lectures)
    6. Surfaces (3 lectures)
    7. Integration on submanifolds (7 lectures)
    8. Gauss-Bonnet theorem (3 lectures)

    Tutorial Outline
    1. Topology and differentiation in R^n
    2. Inverse and implicit function theorems
    3. Submanifolds
    4. Curves and surfaces
    5. Integration on submanifolds
    6. Gauss Bonnet theorem and review
    Specific Course Requirements
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting Objective Assessed
    Assignments 15% all
    Mid Semester Test 10% all
    Tutorial Participation 5% all
    Exam 70% all
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Item Due Weighting
    Assignment 1 Week 3 3%
    Assignment 2 Week 5 3%
    Assignment 3 Week 7 3%
    Assignment 4 Week 9 3%
    Assignment 5 Week 11 3%
    Test Week 6 10%
    1. All written assignments are to be submitted to the designated hand in boxes within the School of Mathematical Sciences with a signed
    cover sheet attached.
    2. Late assignments will not be accepted.
    3. Assignments will have a two week turn-around time for feedback to students.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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