PURE MTH 4124 - Finite Geometry - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code PURE MTH 4124 Course Finite Geometry - 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 Prerequisites MATHS 1012 Course Description Projective geometry is one of the important modern geometries introduced in the 19th century. Projective geometry is more general than our usual Euclidean geometry, and it has useful applications in Information Security, Statistics, Computer Graphics and Computer Vision. The majority of this course will be on projective planes.
Topics covered are: projective planes, homogeneous coordinates, field planes, collineations of projective planes, conics in field planes, k-arcs in projective planes, projective geometry of general dimension, quadrics and ovoids in 3-dimensional projective space.
Course Coordinator: Dr Susan Barwick
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the axiomatic approach to projective spaces.
- Be able to perform calculations in Desarguesian planes and projective 3-spaces.
- Classify the structure of collineations of projective planes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the theory of conics in field planes.
- Apply the theory to solve problems of varying levels of difficulty.
- Demonstrate skills in communicating mathematics orally and in writing.
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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)
1,2,3,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Recommended ResourcesThe material in the course is closely related to the textbook: L.R.A. Casse, Projective Geometry, An Introduction.
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, etc.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe lecturer guides the students through the course material in 30 lectures. Students are expected to engage with the material in the lectures. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged. Students are expected to attend all lectures. In fortnightly tutorials students present their solutions to assigned exercises and discuss them with the lecturer and each other. Fortnightly homework assignments help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and their skills in applying it, and allow them to gauge their progress.
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 30 Assignments 5 35 Total 155
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Outline
- Projective Planes, 3 lectures (extended Euclidean plane, finite projective planes)
- Projective space, 2 lectures (extended Euclidean 3-space, r-dimensional projective space)
- Field Planes, 3 lectures (fields, homogeneous coordinates, subplanes)
- Collineations, 7 lectures (eomographies, automorphic collineations, fundamental theorem of field planes, central collineations, elations, homologies)
- PG(r,F), 1 lecture
- Conics in PG(2,F), 6 lectures (J's equation, polarity, conics when charF=2, conics in the real projective plane)
- Combinatorial structures (latin squares, incidence matrices, difference sets), 8 lectures
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe final topic on Combinatorial Structures will be conducted in a flipped classroom mode, and students will work in small groups of 2-3 students during the lecture time slots.
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Assessment Task Due Weighting Learning Outcomes exam examination period 70% all assignments weeks 3,5,7,9,11 10% all tutorials and quizzes 10% all mid semester test week 8 10% all
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment DetailAssignments are due in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, each is worth 2%, contributing a total of 10%.
A mid-semester test will be held during one of the lectures in week 8, it is worth 10%.
Tutorials and quizzes will be regularly held to enable active learning. These contribute a total of 10%.
SubmissionHomework assignments must be submitted on time with a signed assessment cover sheet. Late assignments will not be accepted. Assignments will be returned within two weeks. Students may be excused from an assignment for medical or compassionate reasons. Documentation is required and the lecturer must be notified as soon as possible.
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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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