# Mathematics 308 - Fall 1997 - Euclidean geometry

Fall term

Section 101

1:30-2:30 M W F

Buchanan A205

In the course this fall, as in previous years,
I will show how mathematics and
computers can be used together to produce
graphics of mathematical interest.
The primary programming language to be
used is PostScript. It is ideal for this purpose
because its imaging model uses affine geometry in a crucial manner.
Towards the end of the course, elementary
3D graphics including perspective, and
perhaps something about the regular solids, will
be discussed. *New this year:
I will also allow work in Java,
and will arrange weekly tutorials for those interested in it.*

Towards the end of the term, students
will have to propose and carry out their own projects.
You can even look at
a previous year's projects.

Students will be
given accounts in the Mathematics Department undergraduate
computer laboratory, and will also be able to
run GhostScript or GhostView
on PC-compatible machines or Macintoshes elsewhere.
The documentation below is in both PostScript
and PDF formats.
For reading PostScript you can use
GhostView & GhostScript if you do not
have another PostScript file browser.
For PDF files
Acrobat Reader is available from Adobe.

We have PostScript help on our
** local help facility**
If you would like to know something that isn't there, ask about it.

## Course notes

Chapter 1 - An informal introduction to PostScript
Chapter 2 - Elementary coordinate geometry

Chapter 3 - Evolution of a simple program

## Sample PostScript

A pentagon:

the file

the picture
A rotated square:

the file

the picture

A program of two pages:

the file

the picture

## Homework

First homework
Second homework

## Java notes

## Other course material

Pythagoras' Theorem
Rotations

Area and angles on the sphere