## Course Syllabus - Spring 2003

*From the College Catalog :*An introduction to the study of affine and projective geometry.
*Prerequisites*: Math 3210(*Higher Geometry I*)

**A comment on prerequisites**: While not required, the following courses will be useful. We will use Linear Algebra heavily, so Math 3191 (or a more advanced Linear Algebra course) is a good prerequisite. I will emphasize the finite aspects of the subject, so a background in Combinatorics will be useful (say, Math 4409 *Applied Combinatorics*), but not essential, as we will not be using any of the real heavy-duty combinatorial techniques. There is a bit of algebra (in particular, groups and fields) involved in the course, so Math 3140 *Intro to Modern Algebra* will be handy. Any of these topics will be reviewed as necessary.

**Meets**: Tues, Thurs. 5:30 - 6:45

**Room**: WC 235

**Text**: M.K. Bennett, *Affine and Projective Geometry*, John Wiley & Sons, 1995
**Exams**: There will be two in-class exams (see schedule below) a midterm and
a final. Biweekly homework
collections will also be graded.

**Homework**: Homework will be assigned weekly. Specific problems will be collected and graded on alternate weeks.

**Grades**: The final grade will be determined as follows:

Midterm Exam - 35%

Final Exam - 35%

Homework - 30%
There's **no** curving of exam grades : A(100-90) B(89-80) C(79-70) D(69-60) F(<60)

Pluses and minuses may be used in final grades at my discretion.

**Syllabus**: (Numbers refer to sections of the text to be covered in lecture)

Date | Section | Date | Section | Date | Section |
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1/21 | 2.1 | 2/27 | 3.6 | 4/8 | 5.3 |

1/23 | 2.2 | 3/4 | 3.7 | 4/10 | 5.4 |

1/28 | 2.4 | 3/6 | 4.1,2 | 4/15 | 5.5 |

1/30 | 2.5 | 3/11 | 4.3 | 4/17 | 5.6 |

2/4 | 2.6 | 3/13 | Midterm Exam | 4/22 | 5.7 |

2/6 | 3.1,2 | 3/18 | 4.4 | 4/24 | 5.8 |

2/11 | 3.3 | 3/20 | 4.5 | 4/29 | 9.1 |

2/13 | 3.4 | 3/25 | No Class | 5/1 | 9.2 |

2/18 | No Class | 3/27 | No Class | 5/6 | 9.3 |

2/20 | No Class | 4/1 | 4.6 | 5/8 | 9.4 |

2/25 | 3.5 | 4/3 | 5.1,2 | 5/15? | Final Exam |

**Note**: *Any and all of the above is open to negotiation*.

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*Last updated January 20, 2003*