matthias beck

professor of mathematics
kumi does math
san francisco state university

MATH 883

Polytopes & Varieties

Spring 2022

Class meetings Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 1:00-1:50, HSS 358
Instructor Dr. Matthias Beck
Office Thornton Hall 933
Office hours Mondays 3-4, Wednesdays 10-11, Fridays 11-12 & by appointment

Course objectives. We will start with an introduction to polytope theory, including

The remainder of the course will cover further topics on polytopes, to be collectively determined by the class participants.

References. We will initially follow

We will most likely also cover material from

Homework. I will assign homework problems as we go through the material; the problems assigned in any given week are due by the following Friday class. If you type your solutions, you are welcome to submit your solutions over email as a pdf attachment. We can discuss the homework problems at any time during class. You may hand them in early to be able to correct your mistakes. Although you may (and should) work together with your class mates, the solutions you hand in have to be your own. I will assign certain problems to be collaborative; this means you will work on them with 1 or 2 of your classmates and hand in only one solution.

Each student will also give a lecture on a topic related to our class; the lectures will be done in teams of 2. Here is a list of suggested topics; if you have other ideas, feel free to discuss them with me.

Grading system.

Homework 90%
Student lecture 10%

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.

The math. The way to learn math is through doing math. It is vital and expected that you attend every lecture. You will get a good feel for the math from there, but it is even more crucial that you do the homework. Working in groups is not only allowed but strongly recommended. Our class is based on Federico Ardila's Axioms:

  1. Mathematical potential is distributed equally among different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.
  2. Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and empowering mathematical experiences.
  3. Mathematics is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communities to serve their needs.
  4. Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

The Corona sitation. We are living through a pandemic. The health and safety of you and others comes first. While in the times before Corona, attendance was highly correlated with student success in this course, I trust each of you to use your best judgement to keep you and those around you safe, and to attend our class when it makes sense to do so.

Fine print.
SFSU academic calender
Important Deadlines
BS rule
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
CR/NCR grading
Incomplete grades
Late and retroactive withdrawals
Student disclosures of sexual violence
Students with disabilities
Religious holidays

This syllabus is subject to change. All assignments, as well as other announcements on tests, policies, etc., are given in class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what's going on. I will try to keep this course web page as updated as possible, however, the most recent information will always be given in class. Always ask lots of questions in class; my courses are interactive. You are always encouraged to see me in my office.

department of mathematics
san francisco state university
1600 holloway ave
san francisco, ca 94132