The main goal of the course will be to study the foundations of the Euclidean geometry. We will learn how to work with geometric images and how to construct careful mathematic arguments. The first part of the course will be about the basics of plane geometry: lines and points, angles, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals (parallelograms, rhombi, rectangles, etc), circles, and their properties, as well as constructions with compass and straightedge and other related topics. The second part of the course will be about "isometries" (i.e. symmetries, rotations, etc) and homotheties of the plane. We will also discuss similar figures here. Then, we will talk about plane transformations that play an important role in Lobachevskian geometry, and will make a connection to non-Euclidean geometry later in the course.
As this is an upper-level class, familiarity with proofs is expected. Indeed, one of the goals of this class is to use your MAT 200 skills to build the theory and logic of the plane geometry. Much of the material from the first part of the course will be somewhat familiar from high school, but we will take it to a very different level. You will be required to think like a mathematician, and to write careful proofs in your homework. The second part of the course will be new to most people, and somewhat more abstract.
Some sample pages of the textbook are available on the publisher's website.
(There's enough for the first week of the course; those who don't have the book yet will find it useful.)
Front Matter (Read the Foreword!)
Final Exam: Monday, May 20, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Physics P-112. The final exam is cumulative and covers all the topics studied during the semester. (Of course, the topics we emphasized will receive more attention on the test. Topics we discussed briefly will be addressed in shorter, simpler questions.) The best preparation for the test is to make sure you can do questions from the past homeworks and exams and other similar questions on these topics. For a list of topics, see Midterm I checklist, Midterm II checklist, and the checklist of remaining topics covered after the second exam.
Midterm II: Thursday, Apr 25, in class.
The second exam covers circles (a leftover topic from the first part), isometries, and similarity. A more detailed checklist is here.
Midterm I: Thursday, March 7, in class.
Checklist of what the exam covers is here. The best exam preparation is to go over the past homeworks and to make sure you know how to solve every question. For extra practice, do more questions from the textbook.
Important: For each homework problem, please give a proof or detailed explanation as appropriate (unless otherwise stated). Please write up your solutions neatly, be sure to put your name on the first page and staple all pages. Illegible homework will not be graded. You are welcome to discuss homework with others and to consult books, but your solutions should be written up in your own words, and all your collaborators and sources should be listed.
Week 12 (05/06 – 05/10) Read lecture notes on the Lobachevskian plane
Week 11 (04/29 – 05/03) Read lecture notes on inversions (written by Oleg Viro, with changes and additions by Olga Plamenevskaya).
Homework 11, due Thursday, May 9: pdf
Week 10 (04/15 – 04/19) In addition to the lecture notes, read sections 172-174, 194-197, 181-182.
Homework 10, due TUESDAY, Apr 23: pdf
Week 9 (04/08 – 04/12) Read sections 93-97, 143-153, 159, and the lecture notes on similarity. (Please refer to the lecture notes for the notion of similarity, the approach in the textbook is different.)
Homework 9, due Apr 18: pdf
Week 8 (04/01 – 04/05) Homework 8, due Apr 11: pdf
Week 7 (03/25 – 03/29) We started the second part of the course, transformaions of the plane.
Lecture notes (written by Oleg Viro in 2010, with changes and additions by Olga Plamenevskaya, 2011, 2013)
Lecture notes are made available because this part is not in the texbook. The notes briefly recap the material, they don't replace the actual lectures!
Read sections 88-91 in the texbook (symmetries of the quadrilaterals). Begin reading the lecture notes for the material covered in class.
Homework 7, due Apr 4: pdf
Week 6 (03/11 – 03/15)
Read sections listed in the homework sheet. This is a substantial reading assignment,
please take it seriously and read carefully.
Homework 6, due Mar 28: pdf
Week 5 (02/24 – 03/1)
Read sections 84-92.
(Some of these weren't covered in class, but all are useful and should be read carefully.)
Homework 5, due Mar 5 (TUESDAY): Prove that a quadrilateral whose opposite angles are congruent is a parallelogram. Also do 191, 194, 211ab from the textbook. There are many ways to solve 194, you can chase congruent angles and triangles or exploit symmetries (or combine both). This homework is shorter and is due TUESDAY (as opposed to the usual Thursday) because of the Thursday midterm.
Week 4 (02/17 – 02/22)
Read sections 56-69, 9. (We haven't done 68 in class, but please read it, it's a good extra example.)
Homework 4, due Feb 28: pdf I think this one is also on the hard side. It's always a good idea to start early.
Week 3 (02/10 – 02/15)
Read sections 23-24, 48-49, 51-55.
Homework 3, due Feb 21: pdf This is a harder one, so start early! Some of the trickier questions are on applications of the triangle inequality.
Week 2 (01/4 – 02/08) Read sections 39--47.
Homework 2, due Feb 14
From the textbook: 72, 76, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85. Please give detailed proofs/explanations as appropriate. In particular, justify your example in 81 (i.e. explain why the corresponding elements in your triangles are congruent and why the triangles are non-congruent; do not just draw a picture).
Week 1 (01/28 – 02/01) Read sections 1-8, 13-16, 21-22, 31-35. We will have discussed most of this in class. If don't have the book yet, use the sample pages. The reading assignments are important because they teach you how to follow the proof carefully, and how to build your own proofs and to use correct notation.
Homework 1, due Feb 7
In all the sections from the reading assignment, find all the instances where properties of isometries of the plane are implicitly used.
One of the properties is stated explicitly on page 2, lines 2-5: (i) One can superimpose a plane on itself or any other plane in a way that takes one given point to any other given point...
Other properties were given in the first lecture:
(ii) One can superimpose a plane on itself or any other plane in a way that takes one given ray to any other given ray.
(iii) A plane can be superimposed on itself keeping all the points of a given straight line fixed. This "flip" can be done in a unique way.
In other words,
(ii) There exists an isometry which maps a plane onto itself or any other plane in a way that takes one given ray to any other given ray.
(iii) There exists a unique non-identity isometry of a plane onto itself keeping all the points of a given straight line fixed.
Your task is to list all the places in the sections 1-8, 13-16, 21-22, 31-35 of the
textbook where these properties are used implicitly, ie
without explicit statement or reference. Present your solution as a table
page number, line number, the property, how the property is used.
(Example: p. 27, line 2, property (iii) is used to "fold" the diagram along the line BD.)
Please also do the following questions from the textbook: 2, 40, 61, 67. In all questions except 61, please give a careful explanation/proof. (To refresh MAT 200 material, read sections 28-30.) In 67, try to use a "folding argument" as in section 35.
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