matthias beck

professor of mathematics
kumi does math
san francisco state universityfreie universität berlin

Discrete Geometry I

FU Berlin Winter 2020/21

Lectures Tuesdays 9:00-10:00, Thursdays 12:45-13:45 & Fridays 10:45-11:45, FU WebEx
Instructor Matthias Beck
Office hours Wednesdays & Thursdays 11-12 & by appointment, Villa & online
Exercises Tuesdays 8:30-9:00, Thursdays 12:15-12:45 & Fridays 10:15-10:45, FU WebEx
Teaching Assistant Jonathan Kliem

Course description. This is the first in a series of three courses on discrete geometry. The aim of the course is a skillful handling of discrete geometric structures including analysis and proof techniques. The material will be a selection of the following topics:

Prerequisites. Linear algebra.

References. We will mostly follow

but also cover some sections of

Online musings. The FU currently does not allow our course to be in person, so I will stream (and record) every lecture via FU WebEx. Please check the FU guidelines dealing with the Corona virus frequently. The exercise discusssions will also be on FU WebEx; see the FU Whiteboard for more information and a link to our class sessions.

Exercises & final exam. We will post (on the FU Whiteboard sites) weekly homework problems; they will be due each Friday. To obtain the Aktive Teilnahme stamp, you will need to reach at least a 50% total score on the homework. The final exam will be a 48-hour take-home exam starting at 12:00 on 9 March 2021, posted here and on the FU Whiteboard sites. The Nachklausur will also be a 48-hour take-home exam starting at 12:00 on 6 April 2021; anyone wishing to take the Nachklausur needs to register (email to the instructor) by 22 March 2021.

I want to ensure that each of you accomplishes the goals of this course as comfortably and successfully as possible. At any time you feel overwhelmed or lost, please come and talk with me. Always ask lots of questions in class; my courses are interactive, whether in person or online.

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institut für mathematik
diskrete geometrie
freie universität berlin
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14195 berlin