Skip to main content # ‘18.950: Differential Geometry’

## Table of contents

- Course Info
- Realistic Prerequisites
- Subject Matter
- Course Staff
- Lectures
- Problem Sets
- Exams
- Resources
- Grading
- Advice to Future Students

## Course Info

Class Size | 15 |

Hours/Week | 8.1 (8 responses) |

Instructors | Stephen Kleene |

Overall Rating | 6.2/7.0 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

- Students said 18.02 and 18.100x are hard prerequisites.
- Students recommended having an understanding of 18.901.

## Subject Matter

- Students thought the subject material was theoretical, but not overly abstract.
- Students felt like the material could be applied to physics and math, but it is ‘definitely a pure math class’.

## Course Staff

- Prof. Kleene was seen as friendly, and approachable.
- Prof. Kleene was willing to meet online for those who needed extra help.

## Lectures

- Students found the lectures to be the correct speed or slightly fast. Students learned mostly from these lectures.

## Problem Sets

- Students found the problems to be analytic and straightforward.
- Students used lectures to prepare for the psets, and spent about 5 hours a week completing these.

## Exams

- The exams were relatively fair.
- The professor (Stephen Kleene) posted lots of sample questions that could appear on an exam.
- Students recommended going over class definitions and problem set solutions to prepare.

## Resources

- Many referred to the textbook ‘Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces’ by Manfredo do Carmo, but it was only loosely followed in lecture.
- Lecture notes were also used by students.

## Grading

- Students felt that grading was
**incredibly fair** and **reasonable**. - Students expect over half the class will receive A’s.

## Advice to Future Students

*“This class is great if you want a glimpse of what differential geometry is about.”* *“Brush up on your topology and analysis knowledge before taking this class.”*