MA243 Geometry
Term I 20142015

Module Description
This module, MA243
(Geometry) has no offical prerequisites beyond the core. An
appreciation of linear algebra will be be very helpful, however.
Geometry 
literally "earth measurement"  is the mathematical study of shape
using the tools of length and angle, area and volume. The geometry of
a space can be especially beautiful when the space is highly
symmetric. Examples here include spherical, euclidean, and hyperbolic
geometry.
In the modern study of geometry, the notion of length can be
abstracted away. This allows for ever larger symmetry groups and thus
ever weaker (and so more general) invariants: aspect
ratio, midpoints, parallelism, crossratio, and so on.
The material covered in this module is background for many of the
third and fourth year modules in group theory, geometry, topology, and
more.

Schedule
The schedule has a planned list of
topics, organized by lecture. We will change the schedule as
necessary, as we work through the material. Links to example sheets
will be posted weekbyweek.

Instructor and TAs

Class meetings
Activity 
Led by 
Time 
Building/Room 
Lecture
 Schleimer
 Monday 9:0010:00
 9/L5

Lecture
 Schleimer
 Tuesday 9:0010:00
 38/MS.01

Support class
 Muhvic
 Tuesday 12:0013:00
 38/B3.01

Support class
 Sylvester
 Wednesday 10:0011:00
 38/B3.01

Lecture
 Schleimer
 Thursday 9:0010:00
 9/L5



Reference materials
We will follow the first five or six chapters of the book Geometry and
Topology, by Miles Reid
and Balázs
Szendrői. The first six chapters may be purchased, in the
form of lecture notes, from the front office at the Mathematics
Institute. The book itself may be bought from the university bookshop
or online.

Example sheets
See the schedule for the example
sheets.
In addition to the exercises prepared for this class, please note that
the book contains many interesting exercises. Here is the webpage
for this module as recently taught by Professor Reid.

Exam
The exam will be 85% of your mark. The exam will be closed book.
Here are the exam
papers for this module from the last four years.

Assessed work
Assessed work will be 15% of your mark. Of this, 2% (at most) may be
earned every week (starting the second week) by turning in a
single worked exercise. Please let me (Saul) know if any of
the problems are unclear or have typos.
Homework solutions must be placed in the dropoff box (near the front
office), by 15:00 on Mondays. No late work will be accepted. Please
write your name, the date, and the problem you are solving at the top
of the page. If you collaborate with other students, please include
their names. Solutions typeset using LaTeX are preferred. Please
limit your solution to one piece of paper  if more space is needed
then write out a complete solution and then rewrite with conciseness
in mind.

Mistakes
Please tell me in person, or via email, about any errors on this
website or made in class. I am especially keen to hear about
mathematical errors, gaffes, or typos made in lecture or in the
example sheets.
