Lecturer Roland van der Veen, assistants: Martijn Kluitenberg and Oscar Koster. Please send all your email to Meetkunde20@gmail.com

Traditionally geometry refers the properties of straight lines, circles, planes, angles and distances as summarized in Euclid's Elements. Loosening Euclid's axioms one finds there exist many interrelated theories of geometry, each with its own distinct interpretation of the above elementary notions of lines, distance etc. For example, what if distances play no role? (Affine geometry). What if parallel lines are to meet 'at infinty'? (projective geometry) What if we are on the sphere or even just on some potato? (differential geometry) Following Felix Klein we focus on the unifying concept of 'isometries': the motions or symmetries that preserve all the relevant geometric properties of the theory.

In this course we will introduce various theories of geometry using linear algebra as a foundation. Before studying differential geometry of curves and surfaces we will consider aspects of affine, Euclidean and possibly projective geometry.

There are two parallel problem sessions on Wednesday, the first in EA 5159.0062 for students with surnames A-M and the second for the rest. On Tuesday morning there is an additional problem session in 5161.0041b (5161.0222 on march 31, april 7) for everyone.

Date, location | Material covered | Exercises |
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WEEK 1: | Affine space | |

Tue 4-2, NB 5111.0022 | lecture on affine space, subspace and maps Pappus theorem | lecture notes sec 2, p.1,2 (Audin ch 1) |

Wed 5-2, 15-17, EA 5159.0062, NB 5114.0004 | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 1 with solutions by Oscar and Martijn. |

Wed 5-2, 17-19, BB 5161.0253 | Lecture: Proof of Pappus theorem using dilations, affine maps | lecture notes most of section 2. |

WEEK 2: | Euclidean space and its isometries | |

Tue 11-2, 9-11, 5161.0041b | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 2 |

Tue 11-2, 15-17, NB 5111.0022 | lecture on Euclidean geometry, isometries, reflections | Lecture notes sec. 3.1, (Audin ch 2) |

Wed 12-2, 15-17, EA 5159.0062, NB 5114.0004 | Problem session, Lecture notes sec 3.1: 1-3. | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 3 |

Wed 12-2, 17-19, BB 5161.0253 | Lecture: Lecture notes sec. 3.2. | Homework 1, with solutions (due Wednesday 26-2 before the problem session): Lecture notes sec. 2:10,11 and sec 3:5,6,7 |

WEEK 3: | Plane Euclidean geometry | |

Tue 18-2, 9-11, 5161.0041b | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 4 |

Tue 18-2, 15-17, NB 5111.0022 | Lecture: Lecture notes sec. 4.1 | (Audin Ch 3) Plane Euclidean geometry, isometries, angles. |

Wed 19-2, 15-17, EA 5159.0062, NB 5114.0004 | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 5. |

Wed 19-2, 17-19, BB 5161.0253 | Lecture: Angles in the plane and their measures. | Lecture notes sec. 4.2 Orientation and convexity. |

WEEK 4: | Spatial Euclidean geometry | |

Tue 26-2, 9-11, 5161.0041b | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 6 |

Tue 26-2, 15-17, NB 5111.0022 | Lecture: 3d Euclidean geometry, rotations, orientation, convexity, Platonic solids. | Audin Chapter 4 |

Wed 27-2, 15-17, EA 5159.0062, NB 5114.0004 | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 7 |

Wed 27-2, 17-19, BB 5161.0253 | Lecture: Spherical geometry, Euler formula, dodecahedron.. | Homework 2 (due Wednesday 11-3 before the problem session) |

WEEK 5: | Riemannian geometry | |

Tue 3-3, 9-11, 5161.0041b | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 8 |

Tue 3-3, 15-17, NB 5111.0022 | Lecture: Riemannian metrics and charts, pull-back metric. | Derivative, chain rule, partial derivative. |

Wed 4-3, 15-17, EA 5159.0062, NB 5114.0004 | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 9 |

Wed 4-3, 17-19, BB 5161.0253 | Lecture: Length of a curve, angles in Riemannian charts | Examples of Riemannian charts, pull-back metrics, isometries. |

WEEK 6: | Variational calculus and geodesics | |

Tue 10-3, 9-11, 5161.0041b | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 10 |

Tue 10-3, 15-17, NB 5111.0022 | Lecture: Variational calculus | |

Wed 11-3, 10-12, LB 5173.0149 | ADDITIONAL CATCH UP SESSION | |

Wed 11-3, 15-17, EA 5159.0062, NB 5114.0004 | Problem session | Exercises: Tutorial exercises 11 |

Wed 11-3, 17-19, BB 5161.0253 | Lecture: Geodesic equation, ordinary differential equations | Homework 3 (due Monday 30-3 before the problem session) |

WEEK 7: | Geodesics, covariant derivative | |

Exercises: Tutorial exercises 12 | ||

Tue 17-3, 15-17, Nestor, BB collaborate | LIVE ONLINE Lecture: Geodesics on surfaces in Euclidean space. | |

Wed 18-3, 15-17, Nestor, BB collaborate | LIVE ONLINE Lecture: Covariant derivative | |

WEEK 8: | Riemannian curvature | |

Exercises: Tutorial exercises 13 | ||

Tue 24-3, 15-17, Nestor | LIVE ONLINE Lecture: Differentiating vector fields and Levi-Civita connection | |

Wed 25-3, 15-17, Nestor | LIVE ONLINE Lecture: Riemannian curvature | |

TAKE HOME EXAM |
Will be posted on Tue 7-4 at noon, and should be handed in Latex format on Tue 21-4 before noon. |

The final grade is computed as max((0.3H + 0.7T), T), where H is the score for homework and T is the score for the take home exam. The homework consists of three problem sets and your online activity on the nestor forum for the course can inprove the homework grade. More precisely you can add up to one point to your average homework grade by participating in the Nestor discussion forum until March 14. After March 14 you can again add one more point to your average homework by participating in the forum until the exam date. The final exam will contain at least one exercise that was discussed in the problem sessions.

Linear algebra 1,2 and Calculus 1,2 are essential.

Lecture notes based on parts of the book 'Geometry' by Michele Audin will be used and 'Differential geometry of curves and surfaces' by Manfredo do Carmo is recommended for background material. For background in linear algebra the book 'Linear algebra' by K. Janich is recommended. Tex file also available.

Constructions in plane geometry can be visualised easily using Geogebra.

- Thales lemma
- Pappus theorem
- Desargues theorem
- Composition of dilations
- Nine point circle
- Nine point circle tangencies
- Morley's theorem
- Composition of two plane reflections
- Spherical triangles

Differential geometry can be visualized and computed using Mathematica.