MMAT5021 - Differential and Algebraic Methods in Geometry - 2017/18

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  • There is a change of question in Assignment 1. Please do Q14(a) instead of Q14(c).

General Information


  • Lau Chi Hin
    • Office: LSB 208
    • Tel: 3943 7987
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Chen Guanheng
    • Office: AB1 505
    • Tel: 3943 4298
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Monday 18:30-21:15; ELB 405

Course Description

This course is designed for the M.Sc. Degree Programme in Mathematics. The course is intended to provide an introduction to the geometry of curves and surfaces in 3 dimensional Euclidean space. The fundamental group and its application in the classification of closed surfaces will also be discussed.


  • O'Neill, Barrett. Elementary Differential Geometry. Academic Press.
  • Pressley, Andrew. Elementary Differential Geometry. Springer Verlag.
  • Miles Reid, Undergraduate Algebraic Geometry, Cambridge University Press
  • Torsten Ekedahl, One semester of Elliptic Curves, European Mathematical Society
  • Joseph H. Silverman and John Tate, Rational Points on Elliptic Curves, Springer Verlag.

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Quizzes and Exams


Assessment Scheme

Assignments 20%
Mid-term exam (23 Oct (Mon) 19:00-21:00) 35%
Final exam (11 Dec (Mon) 19:00-21:00) 45%

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Assessment Policy

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