Welcome to the homepage for Differential Geometry
(Math 4250/6250)! I will post all the homework
assignments for the course on this page. Our text for the course is DoCarmo, which is a good text, but has a fair number of errors. See the electronic resources at the end of this page for a list of errors in the text-- if you are very confused, it is probably a good idea to check this list and make sure that the book is right!
Homework will be due on Thursdays, at more-or-less weekly
intervals. Each assignment will contain 4 regular
problems and 4 "challenge" problems. From these
problems, you should pick five problems of your
choice. Remember that undergraduates should average
one challenge problem per assignment, while
graduate students should average two
challenge problems per assignment.
Office hours are Monday 3:30-5ish and Friday 1-2:30ish. My office is in Boyd 439.
Here are links to my lecture notes for the course;
these will posted as I can manage it, to provide a
supplement for the text in case you're having trouble,
or want another perspective on what we did in class.
These are LARGE scanned PDF files, so you probably
don't want to download them at home.
Course Notes and Homework Assignments:
Introduction and Overview.
- 2: The Frenet
Homework Assignment 1. Due date is Tuesday, 1/23/7.
2a: Curves of constant curvature and torsion.
- 3: The Bishop
- 3a: Link, Twist, and Writhe. Correction: The integrals for "Link" and "Writhe" should be multiplied by 1/(4 pi) in these notes. Thanks to Matt Mastin for pointing this out!
- 4: The Four-Vertex
Homework Assignment 2. Due date is now Thursday, 2/8/7.
- 5: An Introduction to
- 6: Stuff
turning inside out.
Homework Assignment 3. Due date is Thursday, February 22.
- Take-home test 1. Now due on Friday, March 2, 2007 by 5pm (slip test under my door).
- 7: Introduction to
- 8: Regular
Surfaces as Level Sets of Smooth Functions.
- 9: Tangent planes and differentials. Review of quadratic forms..
- 10: The first fundamental form. How to measure lengths, angles, and areas in the uv plane.
Homework Assignment 4. Due on Thursday 3/22.
- 11: The Gauss map and the second fundamental form. Defining the form.
- 12: The geometric meaning of the second fundamental form. The definition of Gauss and Mean curvature.
Homework 5. Due on Tuesday, April 3.
- 13: The meaning of the second fundamental form, part II. Umbilic points, Asymptotic and Conjugate directions, the Dupin indicatrix.
Sorry about the scan quality-- these came out really light.
- 14: Computing with the second fundamental form in local coordinates. e, f, g, formulas for Gauss and Mean curvature.
- 15: Extracting geometric information from the Second Fundamental Form. Differential equations for asymptotic curves and lines of curvature. Surfaces of revolution. Graphs.
Homework 6. Due on Tuesday, April 10.
- 16: Isometries, proof that Helicoid and Catenoid are isometric. There is no scan of these notes. Read 4.1 in DoCarmo.
- 17: The Christoffel symbols, proof of the Theorema Egregium, Mainardi-Codazzi equations and Gauss Formula, compatibility equations and theorem of Bonnet.
- Exam 2. Due on Thursday, April 19.
- 18: Theory of Geodesics, Geodesics on Surfaces of Revolution. Note: This is really different than the corresponding chapter in DoCarmo, so you won't be able to match it up as easily as you did the previous lecture notes.
- Homework 7. Due Monday, April 30.
- 19: (Signed) geodesic curvature and the local Gauss-Bonnet theorem. (These notes have everything there, but could make more sense. Read with a bit of caution. The reference here is McCleary, Geometry from the Differentiable Viewpoint, p. 173-177.)
- 20: The global Gauss Bonnet theorem, Euler characteristic, applications of G-B, conclusion.
- The (delayed) final exam
This will now be due on Friday (sorry for the delay in
BJ Cooley has kindly provided copies of these notes in JPEG format.
This will be a lot faster to look at.
Please examine the course syllabus.
If you think you can get by with this copy, save a tree! Don't
print it out.
Two practice exams (for the first and second midterms) are available:
first exam and second exam
Wikipedia extra credit challenge.
Find a topic from our class which is not covered (or poorly
covered) in Wikipedia. Establish an account with your real
name, or something close to it. Rewrite (or write) the entry,
using your book as a primary source and other books, papers as
needed. Email me the details, including your wikipedia
username and the topic you intend to work on. I will
edit/revise your entry if needed and grade it for up to 12
points of homework extra credit.
Topics chosen already (some provisionally):
- Four vertex theorem-- Brad Holderfield
- First and Second Fundamental Form-- Nona Dowling
- Gaussian curvature-- Matt Mastin
- Bishop frame-- Al LaPointe
Poonen, List of errata in DoCarmo.
Bishop, There is more than one way to frame a curve.
Ghomi, h-Principles for Curves and Knots of Constant Curvature.
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