# 18.994: Seminar in Geometry

## Table of contents

- Course Info
- Realistic Prerequisites
- Subject Matter
- Course Staff
- Lectures
- Problem Sets
- Exams
- Resources
- Grading

## Course Info

Class Size | 13 |

Hours/Week | 9.8 (11 responses) |

Instructors | Tomasz Mrowka, Susan Ruff |

Overall Rating | 5.3/7.0 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

- The content of
**18.02**was a necessary prerequisite. There was some material from linear algebra (18.06) as well, though most of this material was easy to find online or in the textbook.

## Subject Matter

- This course was helpful in learning some of the foundations in differential geometry without too much extraction given that most of the material took place on two-dimensional surfaces in three-pace.
- Some felt like the material was a bit too computation, but had lots of applications such as cartography, computer graphics, and especially physics.

## Course Staff

**Very friendly and approachable**. The staff helped by being flexible with their availability for office hours and discussions which was nice.

## Lectures

- As a seminar, this course had lectures led by other students which resulted in variation in quality, but also a variation in teaching style.
**Textbooks**helped clarify the material in lectures.

## Problem Sets

**Challenging.**- Some examples involved quite a bit of computation, and the non-computational problems became important theorems that were used later on in the course.
- Office hours and problemset groups helped a lot.

## Exams

- There were no exams for this class.

## Resources

- The class used Shifrin’s “Differential Geometry: A First Course in Curves and Surfaces”, which was made available online.
- The class follows the textbook pretty closely.
- One student also recommends the use of do Carmo’s book on differential geometry.

## Grading

- Students felt that grading was
**incredibly fair**and**reasonable**.