Geometry of Curves and Surfaces

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geometry of Curves and Surfaces

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Geometry, Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH 202 and MATH 203

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to differential geometry with a focus on the structure of two-dimensional surfaces.

    This paper provides the necessary tools to describe two-dimensional surfaces in many applications, such as modelling air flow around cars, architecture, etc.

    Course Structure
    Main topics:

    • Curves in the plane and in space (parametrised curves, arc length, Frenet-Serret equations)
    • Regular surfaces (regular values, functions on surfaces, first and second fundamental forms)
    • Intrinsic geometry of surfaces (the Gauss theorem, parallel transport and geodesics, Gauss Bonnet and applications)

    Learning Outcomes

    • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of geometric concepts
    • Capability to apply them in real-world problems

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