Math 302, Non-Euclidean Geometry, Fall 1997

There are two sections of this course, meeting at 11am and at 3pm on MWF, in Altgeld 243, and taught by Prof. John Sullivan.

The syllabus is available here online; the homework problems will also be listed online as they are assigned. Note that the original printed syllabus had a misprint; the homework is actually worth 30% of the course grade. The solutions to the homework will generally be available after it is due; solutions to the homework due Nov 17 and earlier are now online.

The final exam for this course will be 8-11am Mon 15 Dec for the 11am section, and 7-10pm Thu 18 Dec for the 3pm section. If you need to take the exam at the other time, this is OK, but please check with me. There will be two review sessions in 141 Altgeld: 11am-12 Sat 13 Dec, and 11:30-12:30 Wed 17 Dec.

If you want to check grades that have been assigned so far for tests and homework for this class, you can use the student interface to the math department grading program.

Occasionally, Math 302 has met on Fridays (at the usual times) in the Renaissance Experimental Laboratory (REL) in the Beckman Institute. REL is room 3414 on the third floor of Beckman. There we can look at computer demos.

The first hour exam was held in class on Friday 19 September, covering material in Chapters 4 and 5 of Martin's book. The scores were somewhat low; the curve was 90s=A, 80s=A-, 70s=B+, 60s=B, 50s=B-, 40s=C+, 30s=C, 20s=C-. There are now solutions for the test online.

The second hour exam was held on Friday 17 October, covering material through chapter 13. The median score was just below 50. The line between A/B was 65, between B/C was 45, and between C/D was 25. Because we went over all the problems in class, solutions will not be posted. Remember that on Friday 24 October, you should turn in your test again with correct answers to all the questions on the back.

The third hour exam was held in class on Friday 21 November, covering material in Chapters 14 and 17-20. The median grade was 28, and the curve was 32-40=A, 26-31=B, 20-25=C.

There is a nice version of Euclid's Elements available online at Clark University, with interactive figures. Look for instance at the constructions for the incircle and circumcircle of a triangle.

We also looked at web pages illustrating hyperbolic triangles and Penrose tilings.