PURE MTH 4122 - Geometry of Surfaces - Honours

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PURE MTH 4122
    Course Geometry of Surfaces - Honours
    Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites MATHS 2100 0r MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202
    Assumed Knowledge MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2202
    Course Description 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.
    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
    Recommended Resources
    Manfredo de Carmo: Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 514.75 C287
    John A. Thorpe: Elementary Topics in Differential Geometry 514.7 T519e
    Baxandall, Peter and Liebeck, Hans: Vector Calculus 517.2 B355v
    Lipshutz, Martin: Shaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Differential Geometry 513.73 L767
    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:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    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 this course.  
    Assessment Detail
    Week 2
    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 12%
    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:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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