Math 162A (45190) - Winter 2018

Introduction to Differential Geometry

Lecturer Neil Donaldson
Office RH 472
Office Hours M 4-6, W 10-12
Lecture Times MWF 12pm MSTB 122
Homework/Resources page

Discussion Session
(45191) TuTh 12pm MSTB 114
Teaching Assistant Alex Mramor
Office/Hours RH 540W/M 11-12 + W 4-6

Syllabus Applications of advanced calculus and linear algebra to the geometry of curves and surfaces in space.
The goal is to reach the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem in two terms.

Course Texts (optional) Elements of Differential Geometry, by Richard Millman and George Parker, Prentice-Hall 1977, and Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces, by Manfredo do Carmo, Prentice-Hall 1976 (1st ed) or 2016 (2nd ed).
In 162A we will cover most of the material in chapters 1, 2 and 4 of Millman+Parker, though the style will be different. Either book will be helpful but unnecessary: all homework will be from pdfs posted on the class website, and (sketchy) LaTeXed notes will be provided.
For a more detailed syllabus including topics/assessments click here

Assessment The final grade for the course will be tentatively be computed as follows: 45% final, 25% midterm, 20% Quizzes, 10% Homework Add/Drop & Enrollment Questions

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Class Policies + Grading
Academic Honesty Both the Math department and UCI take a dim view of dishonest behavior with regards to assessments: submitting another's work as your own, copying during exams, bringing notes to exams, etc. Harsh penalties are in place for students who are caught; depending on the seriousness you may be given an F for the assessment, for the class as a whole, or even suspended from the University.