PURE MTH 4122 - Geometry of Surfaces - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
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 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 Restrictions Honours students only 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.
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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Stuart Johnson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Understand basic topology and differentiation in R^n.
2. Understand and be able to calculate with the geometry of curves.
3. Understand and be able to apply the inverse and implicit function theorems.
4. Understand and be able to work with the equivalent definitions of surfaces.
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.
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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)
all 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
Recommended ResourcesManfredo 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
Lipschutz, Martin: Schaum'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 LearningThis 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
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 18 Assignments 4 40 Tests 2 8 Total 156
Learning Activities Summary
1. Review of topology and differentiable functions on R^n
2. Geometry of curves
3. Definition of surfaces and the inverse function theorem.
4. The geometry of surfaces
5. Integration on surfaces.
6. Gauss-Bonnet theorem
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Assessment Task Weighting Objective Assessed Assignments 16% all Mid Semester Tests 10% all Tutorial Preparation (Quizzes) 4% all Exam 70% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass this course.
Assessment Item Due Weighting Assignment 1 Week 3 4% Assignment 2 Week 6 4% Assignment 3 Week 9 4% Assignment 4 Week 12 4% Test 1 Week 5 5% Test 2 Week 9 5% Quizzes Even Weeks 4% total
Submission1. 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.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported 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
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