MMAT5120 - Topics in Geometry - 2023/24

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General Information


  • CHAN Kwok Wai
    • Office: LSB 212
    • Tel: 3943 7976
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Teaching Assistant

  • MU Zuodong
    • Office: LSB 222B
    • Tel: 3943 7963
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Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Thu 6:30pm - 9:30pm at YIA LT5

Course Description

This course is intended to provide a brief, but solid and modern introduction to various basic geometries using analytic methods. We will focus on various plane geometries including some non-Euclidean geometries, with emphasis on the hyperbolic plane geometry. A brief introduction to solid Euclidean and hyperbolic geometries using quaternions will also be included if time allows.


  • Lecture notes available at the course webpage.


  • Modern Geometries. M. Henle, Prentice Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1997.
  • A gateway to modern geometry, The PoincarĂ© half-plane. S. Stahl, Second edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston, MA,2008.

Lecture Notes

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Quizzes and Exams

Assessment Scheme

Homework 20%
Quizzes 30%
Final 50%

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