Dr. Sarah's Differential Geometry Class Highlights Fall 2006 Page
Tues Dec 5 Go over test 3.
Einstein's field equations continued. Evaluations.
The following is NOT HOMEWORK unless you miss part or all of the class.
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for ALL homework and due dates.
Tues Nov 28
geodesics on the cone.
Mention p. 262 of Oprea on numerical issues for the torus. Mention
p. 269 about the cylinder uncovering, and the application to plastic
wrap production on p. 282. Revisit spacetime via the
Wormhole metric. Revisit
spacetime via the geometry of Minkowski space (Lorentzian/Special Relativity)
and showing that free particles follow straight line geodesics, and
discuss the geometry of general relativity and begin Einstein's field
equations. Hand out review sheet and take questions on the test.
Thur Nov 30 Test 3
Tues Nov 21 Presentations from Thursday wrap up.
Discuss p. 134-136 that the Gauss curvature only depends on the metric, and
why the geodesic equations yield that the geodesic curvature is 0 (p. 230).
Tues Nov 14 Finish the
Thur Nov 16 Meet in the computer lab. Highlight
the methods used on p. 231-232 to compute the geodesics on the sphere.
Discuss the relationship between the Christoffel symbols and E, F, G.
Discuss the 2nd fundamental form and Gauss curvature.
Maple worksheet on Gauss curvature and the
sphere, helicoid, and catenoid. Discuss the cylinder.
In groups of 2, students prepare a
1) Parametrization used for the Maple worksheet
2) Sketch a picture of their surface on the white board
3) Give the Gauss curvature
4) Discuss instrinsic Gauss curvature arguments (positive, negative, or
5) Specify if the mean curvature is 0 or not
Problems: p. 123-126 3.2.11 (hyperboloid of 2 sheets),
3.2.12 (hyperboloid of 1 sheet), 3.2.13 (elliptic
paraboloid), 3.2.14 (hyperbolic paraboloid), 3.2.16 (saddle),
3.2.17 (Kuen's Surface ),
3.2.19 (Cone), p. 130-132 3.3.3 (torus), 3.3.11 (pseudosphere),
p. 86 2.2.4 (Mobius strip).
Tues Nov 7 Presentations
Thur Nov 9 Presentations
Tues Oct 31
Applications of the first fundamental form
via local isometries (catenoid and helicoid via E,F,G and an .avi deformation).
Go over test 2.
Thur Nov 1
applications of the first fundamental form
to surface area calculations using the determinant of the metric form for
the sphere, the cone, the strake, and the hyperbolic annulus.
If time remains, begin
the geodesic worksheet:
the geodesic equation, Euler-Lagrange equations, and curvature.
Tues Oct 24
Take questions on test 2.
Continue with the first fundamental form.
Thur Oct 26 Test 2.
Tues Oct 17
Revisit surfaces and regularity. First fundamental form.
Tues Oct 10
Revisit the cylinder and discuss the curvature vector and curves
on the cylinder. Geodesic and normal curvature and the relationship to
geodesics from an intrinsic point of view.
Maple file on geodesic and normal curvatures
adapted from David Henderson.
Discuss the sphere and the helicoid.
Thur Oct 12
Lab: Maple file on geodesic and normal curvatures
adapted from David Henderson.
Class work and links.
Discuss the problem set.
Tues Oct 3 Finish cylinders via coordinate systems.
Revisit the strake and the helicoid.
Begin the sphere and geodesics from an intrinsic point of view.
Thur Oct 5 Finish the sphere.
Begin hyperbolic geometry from an intrinsic point of view and show
that distance is exponential.
Tues Sep 26 Go over test 1. Begin surfaces by revisiting
the strake and the cylinder from an intrinsic viewpoint.
Thur Sep 28 Continue surfaces and geodesics
from an intrinsic viewpoint via the cylinder.
Tues Sep 19
Finish applications of the Frenet equations. Review.
Thur Sep 21 Test 1
Tues Sep 12
Continue deriving the Frenet equations.
Thur Sep 14
Revisit torsion. Finish deriving the Frenet equations.
Discuss the fundamental theorem of curves.
Applications of the Frenet equations.
Tues Sep 5
Revisit curvature and the strake problem, and begin deriving the
Thur Sep 7 Finish strake problem. Discuss the calculation of
curvature when parametrizing by arc length is impractical. Discuss and prove
the formula for curvature for twice-differentiable function of one variable.
Tues Aug 29
Students share something from Chapter 1. Take questions.
Finish section 1.1. Grad student presentations on arc length and
Thur Aug 31
If necessary, finish presentation on Frenet frames.
Time to work on Project 2 in the
computer lab 205 with Dr. Rhoads.
Tue Aug 22
Intro to course.
History and Applications of Differential Geometry (
Fill out information sheet. Introductions.
If time remains, begin working on Calc 3 review problems.
Thur Aug 24 Take questions on the
syllabus. Students present calc 3 review. Begin section 1.1.