Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Gilbert Weinstein


This unit will explore the metric structure of curves and surfaces, primarily in 3-dimensional Euclidean space. Concepts of curvature arise naturally, and the major focus will be on the inter-relationships of various definitions of curvature, such as the normal and binormal curvatures of a curve, and the extrinsic, principal and Gaussian curvatures of a surface. Links will be drawn with many other areas of mathematics, including complex analysis, linear algebra, differential equations, and general relativity.


On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate: an understanding of the significance of intrinsic measures of curvature, for curves and surfaces in R3; competence in computing curvature and related quantities, by hand and using computer software; an understanding of tensors and their use in geometry; and communication skills and team work as appropriate for the discipline of mathematics


Two assignments: 10% each
One project: 20%
Final examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gilbert Weinstein

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures and one hour support class per week


MTH2010 or MTH2015, and MTH2021