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Mathematics 138

Classical Geometry

Paul Bamberg

Location: Science Center 110
Meeting time: M., W., 4-5:30
Exam group: 9
Catalog number: 0162
An exploration of the many different flavors of plane geometry. The course begins with finite geometry, then surveys the nine possible Cayley-Klein plane geometries, focusing on Euclidean geometry, the Galilean geometry of uniform motion, spherical and elliptic geometry, and geometries related to relativistic physics such as Minkowskian geometry and hyperbolic geometry. An important tool in the study of these geometries is a study of their symmetry groups.


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