matthias beck

professor of mathematics
kumi does math
san francisco state universityfreie universit├Ąt berlin

Discrete Geometry III: Enumerative Geometric Combinatorics

FU Berlin Winter 2020/21

Lecture & Exercises Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-12, FU WebEx
Instructor Matthias Beck
Office hours Wednesdays & Thursdays 11-12 & by appointment, Villa & online
Teaching Assistant Sophie Rehberg
Office hours Tuesdays 15-16 & by appointment, Villa & online

Course description. This is the last in a series of three courses on discrete geometry. This advanced course will cover a selection of topics from enumerative geometric combinatorics:

Prerequisites. Linear algebra, basic combinatorics, polyhedral geometry (convex polytopes, faces, polarity, etc.) as covered in Discrete Geometry I-II.


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, due on Wednesdays. To obtain the Aktive Teilnahme stamp, you will need to reach at least a 50% total score on the homework. The final exam is 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 is also a 48-hour take-home exam starting at 12:00 on 6 April 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. You are always encouraged to see me in my office.

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