Math 308 Euclidean Geometry
Winter Term 1, 2014-15
Announcements(18 Oct) Lecture note of week 7 added. Solution of Homework 4 added.
(11 Oct) Lecture note of week 6 added.
(8 Oct) Homework 4 added. Due Oct 15 at noon.
(7 Oct) Midterm 1 and its solution added.
Oct) Lecture note of week 5, Solution of Homework 3, Solution of
Practice Problems for Midterm 1 and Cover page of Midterm 1 added.
Solution of Homework 2 Q2 revised.
(28 Sep) As mentioned in class, Q6 and Q7 are removed from homework 3. You can find the updated homework 4 below.
Midterm 1 information updated. Some practice problems are posted.
Solution of Homework 2 added.
(27 Sep) Lecture note of week 4 added.
(24 Sep) Homework 3 added. Due Oct 1 at noon. Lecture note of Monday added.
(19 Sep) Solution of Homework 1 added. Lecture note of week 3 added.
(17 Sep) Homework 2 added. Due Sept 24 at noon.
(14 Sep) Lecture note of week 2 added.
(9 Sep) Homework 1 added. Due Sept 17 at noon. Friday office
hours location changed to MATX1118.
(5 Sep) Lecture note of week 1 added.
(3 Sep) This is the first day of class!
Man Chuen CHENG
Email: mccheng at math dot ubc dot ca
Office Hours: Tue 3:30-5:30pm @MATX1102, Fri 10:30-11:30am @MATX1118
Lecture: MWF 12-12:50pm @ Buchanan A102
Textbook: Roger Fenn, Geometry, Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series. You can find the book at the University Bookstore.
Prerequisite: One of MATH 152, MATH 221, MATH 223 and one of MATH 220, MATH 226, CPSC 121.
this course, we will study geometry from several different aspects.
Topics covered include coordinate geometry, classical Euclidean
geometry, solid geometry, polyhedra, linear and affine transformations.
If time permits, we will also discuss projective, spherical geometry or
other examples of non-Euclidean geometry. Here is the course outline.
You can download Midterm 1 and its solution here.
Midterm 1 will be at 1200-1250 pm on Oct 3. No calculator, note or formula sheet is allowed.
It will include materials covered in lectures up to Friday, Sept 26.
This is the cover page of midterm 1.
Some preparation materials:
HomeworkHomework will be posted on this page. There will be about 8 homework assignments, which are usually due on
Wednesday at the beginning of the class. Homework contributes to 20% of the course grade.
Late homework assignments receive a grade of 0.
Lecture notes will be uploaded at the end of each week.
week 5 (updated on 18 Oct: A mistake on page 99 is fixed. A new page 99.5 is added)
Grading and Policies
The final examination counts for 50% of the course grade. Each midterm
counts for 15%, and the homework counts for 20%. All midterms and the
final examination will be strictly closed book: no notes, formula
sheets, or calculators will be allowed. Cheating will not be
tolerated. For information regarding UBC policy on student
conduct and discipline, please click here.
Tentative Exam dates:
Midterm 1: Friday, Oct 3
Midterm 2: Friday, Nov 7
Final exam: TBA
Policies on Missed Midterm
Missing a midterm normally results in a mark of 0. Exceptions may be
granted in two cases: prior consent of the instructor or a medical
emergency. In the latter case, the instructor must be notified within
48 hours of the missed test, and presented with a doctor's note
immediately upon the student's return to UBC.
There is no supplemental examination in this course. Students who miss
midterm exam for a valid reason will have their final mark averaged
proportionally over the other course material.
Useful ResourcesAn online reference for Euclid's Elements by David E. Joyce:
Math is fun: This page contains animations of many basic geometric constructions by compass and straightedge.