By C. Mammana, V. Villani

In recent times geometry turns out to have misplaced huge elements of its former imperative place in arithmetic educating in so much nations. notwithstanding, new developments have began to counteract this tendency. there's an expanding information that geometry performs a key function in arithmetic and studying arithmetic. even though geometry has been eclipsed within the arithmetic curriculum, learn in geometry has blossomed as new rules have arisen from within arithmetic and different disciplines, together with laptop technological know-how.

as a result of reassessment of the function of geometry, arithmetic educators and mathematicians face new demanding situations. within the current ICMI learn, the complete spectrum of educating and studying of geometry is analysed. specialists from around the globe took half during this research, which was once performed at the foundation of modern overseas learn, case stories, and experiences on genuine college perform.

This publication can be of specific curiosity to arithmetic educators and mathematicians who're thinking about the educating of geometry in any respect academic degrees, in addition to to researchers in arithmetic schooling.

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2, we see that certain normal slices of a saddle surface are true lines. This leads us to make the following Definition. 3 A curve in M is called an asymptotic curve if its tangent vector at each point is an asymptotic direction. Example 3. If a surface M contains a line, that line is an asymptotic curve. For the normal slice in the direction of the line contains the line (and perhaps other things far away), which, of course, has zero curvature. 4. There is an asymptotic direction at P if and only if k1 k2 ≤ 0.

Challenge) What does it mean for L to have 4-point contact with M at P ? 3. The Codazzi and Gauss Equations and the Fundamental Theorem of Surface Theory We now wish to proceed towards a deeper understanding of Gaussian curvature. We have to this point considered only the normal components of the second derivatives xuu , xuv , and xvv . Now u , Γv , let’s consider them in toto. Since {xu , xv , n} gives a basis for R3 , there are functions Γuu uu u = Γ u , Γ v = Γ v , Γ u , and Γ v so that Γuv vu uv vu vv vv u v xuu = Γuu xu + Γuu xv + ℓn (†) u v xuv = Γuv xu + Γuv xv + mn u v xvv = Γvv xu + Γvv xv + nn.

Parametrized Surfaces and the First Fundamental Form 41 if angles measured in the uv-plane agree with corresponding angles in TP M for all P . We leave it to the reader to check in Exercise 5 that this is equivalent to the conditions E = G, F = 0. Since T | | | | E F xu · xu xu · xv = = xu xv xu xv , F G xv · xu xv · xv | | | | we have xu · xu xu · xv 0 xu · xu xu · xv EG − F 2 = det = det xv · xu xv · xv 0 xv · xu xv · xv 0 0 1 T 2 | | | | | | | | | = det xu xv n xu xv n = det xu xv n , | | | | | | | | | which is the square of the volume of the parallelepiped spanned by xu , xv , and n.