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)

1/212.12/27 3.64/8 5.3
1/282.43/64.1,24/15 5.5
2/42.63/13Midterm Exam 4/22 5.7
2/63.1,23/184.44/24 5.8
2/133.43/25No Class5/1 9.2
2/18No Class3/27No Class5/6 9.3
2/20No Class4/14.65/89.4
2/253.54/35.1,25/15?Final Exam
Note: Any and all of the above is open to negotiation.
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