MMAT5120 - Topics in Geometry - 2018/19

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  • Reminder: 1st classwork, Sep 20, 2018
  • Reminder: 2nd classwork, Oct 11, 2018
  • Homework 1 due on Oct 18, 2018
  • Reminder: 3rd classwork, Nov 8, 2018
  • No class on Nov 15, 2018 (Congregation)
  • Homework 2 due on Nov 22, 2018
  • Reminder: Final next Thursday Nov 29, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm; up to quaternion, no solid geometry

General Information


  • Wan, Yau Heng Tom
    • Office: LSB215
    • Tel: 3943 7986
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Antony Fung
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Thu 18:30-21:15 Yasumoto Int'l Acad Park LT9

Course Description

This course is intended to provide a brief, but solid, modern introduction to various basic geometries using analytic methods. For this term, this course will concentrate on various plane geometries related to the so-called "non-Euclidean" geometries with emphasis on hyperbolic plane geometry. A brief introduction to Solid Euclidean and Hyperbolic geometries using quaternion will also be included.


  • Michael Henle, "Moderan Geometries, Non-Euclidean, Projective, and Discrete", 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall

Lecture Notes



Assessment Scheme

2 Homeworks 10%
3 Classworks (Last 30 mins of the classes on Sep 20, Oct 11, and Nov 8) 30%
Final Exam (Nov 29, 2018) 60%

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