Instructor. Michael Anderson, Math Tower 4-101A.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 632-8269.
Lectures: Tu/Th: 12:50-2:10, in Harriman 115.
Office Hours. MWF 1-2pm, and by appointment.
Course Description. The foundation of differential geometry is the concept of curvature. The course will focus on understanding this and related concepts very clearly, both geometrically and computationally, for the case of surfaces in Euclidean space. For this, you'll need a solid background in multivariable calculus and linear algebra. We hope to give some idea of how curvature is understood in higher dimensions; this is the basis of Riemannian geometry and General Relativity.
Prerequisites. MAT 205 (Calc III) and MAT 210 (Linear Algebra).
Text. Andrew Pressley, Elementary Differential Geometry, Springer Verlag, 2001.
This text is (or should be) in the bookstore, and you will need to have it.
There are many other good texts on this subject. Some other sources you might like to look at are:
Assignments and Grading. There will be one Midterm Exam, (date to be announced), and one Final Exam.
There will be regular homework assignments, due roughly once per week. Your grade will be determined via the following percentages:
The Take Home Final Exam is here. The exam is due on Tuesday, May 9, 3pm.
Americans with Disability Act. If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disabled Student Services in ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, Room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accomodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
Students requiring emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disabled Student Services. For procedures and information, go the following website: http://www.ehs.sunysb.edu/fire/disabilities/asp, here