Geometry MAT346 for undergraduate students and
Noneuclidean Geometries MAT636 for masters students meet TuTh 6-7:40 pm Gillet 227 with different assignments. Prerequisite: Calculus Text: Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries by Noronha, Prentice Hall Compasses and Rulers are required! Course Webpage: select from the prof's webpage. |
Professor C. Sormani
Office Hours: Tue Thu 5:00-6:00 pm 9:25-9:55 pm Office: Gillet Hall 200B Email: sormani@comet.lehman.cuny.edu Phone: 960 7422 Webpage: http://comet.lehman.cuny.edu/sormani |
Grading Policy for Undergrads: 4 Proving Projects 10% each... 1 Midterm Exam: 25%... Classwork: 5%... Final Exam: 30%...
Grading Policy for Masters Students: Final Project: 25% 4 Proving Projects 5% each... 1 Midterm Exam: 20%...Classwork: 5%... Final Exam: 30%...
Syllabus: Exact assignments will be posted as the course progresses. Note that while many topics appear similar to high school geometry/trigonometry we will be examining everything axiomatically and exploring the corresponding theorems in the noneuclidean spaces S and H .
There will be simple proofs: Practice proving page 14 exercise 1 directly from the axioms, also proving that a space is a metric space like proving that the real line such that d(x,y)=|x-y| is a metric space,
Also tested: Supremums and the completeness axiom of the reals should be understood, basic geometry as in 2.2-2.4 must be known on Euclidean space so that you can use them to figure out angles and lengths using the notations we've been using, understand the definition of opposite sides. Knowing how to use Gauss Bonnet both for the sphere and hyperbolic space to find angles and areas. Drawing on both Euclidean and Hyperbolic space (constructing triangles, parallel lines, making diagrams to match a proof). knowing how the axioms of neutral geometry fail on various spaces like the sphere and the three point space.
It is crucial that you understand the differences between hyperbolic and euclidean space: both satisfy neutral geometry and have triangles whose angle sum is less than or equal to 180, understand how the sum of the angles of a triangle is related to Playfair's postulate, understand how the angle sums of traingles relate to the angle sums of quadrilaterals, understand how quadrilaterals relate to the existence of similar triangles of different sizes, understand how in Hyperbolic space similar triangles are congruent and the proof of this fact, understand how the existence of one triangle with an angle sum = 180 implies all triangles have an angle sum equal to 180 (how we made large triangles using 45 45 90 and small triangles by taking slices of triangles,
Final Exam is Tuesday Dec 17 6:15-8:16 pm. Do not bring any notes to the final. Axiom sheets will be distributed as well as a few key theorems and definitions.