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21-470 Topics in Analysis: Differential Geometry

Course Description


Instructor and TA's

Course Schedule and Homework

Grading Information

Other Course Policies

Frequently Asked Questions


The course will have two mid-term exams and a final exam. The mid-term exams will be given on

Exam #1: Wednesday 18 February
Exam #2: Wednesday 31 March

Tests will be closed book and calculators will not be allowed. Makeups will not be given. In case of documented illness or family emergency or documented University sponsored trips, you will be assigned a grade for the missing test based on an appropriate section of the final exam (that is, the appropriate questions on the final exam will count both toward the final exam score and as a replacement score for the missing test).

The final exam has not yet been scheduled. It may take place as late as May 11. If you must make travel plans before the exam schedule is released, you should not schedule your departure before the morning of May 12. No student will be allowed to take the final exam early.


Homework will normally be assigned approximately weekly, and due at the start of class on the duedate. Late homework assignments will be accepted, up to one week after the original due date. The first late homework will be given full credit. Thereafter, the late assignments will be penalized. The second will be given half credit, the third 1/3 credit, and so on.

Grade Computation

The final grade for the course will be determined by your performance on the homework and quizzes, the three midterm exams, and the final exam according to the following algorithm:
Homework        20%
Midterms        50%
Final exam      30%

Letter Grades

The general scheme for assigning letter grades will be:

A: > 85, B: 75-84, C: 65-74, D: 50-64, R: < 49

Adjustments (up or down) to this default scheme will be made for assignments throughout the semester.