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Discrete Geometry
(dt. Diskrete Geometrie)

Level, degree of commitment Advanced module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (3 SWS), recitation class (1 SWS) or lecture (2 SWS), seminar (2 SWS),
180 hours (60 h attendance, 120 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises.
Examination type: Written or oral examination (individual examination)
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Mathematics.
One semester,
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Volkmar Welker


Basic sets of convex geometry (e.g. Helly, Radon, separation sets). Simple transformations of convex sets (e.g. polarity, duality). Definition and basic properties of polytopes. Interrelationships with optimization. Side structure of polytopes.

Qualification Goals

Students will

  • understand basic principles of discrete geometry,
  • grasp phenomena of geometry in spaces of any dimension using the objects of discrete geometry,
  • recognize the geometric background of linear and convex optimization.
  • have practiced mathematical working methods (development of mathematical intuition and its formal justification, training of the ability to abstract, reasoning),
  • have improved oral communication skills in exercises through discussion and free speech in front of an audience.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: either Foundations of Mathematics and Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II or Basic Linear Algebra, either Analysis I and Analysis II or Basic Real Analysis.


Module imported from B.Sc. Mathematics.

It can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Data Science
  • B.Sc. Mathematics
  • B.Sc. Business Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Business Mathematics
  • LAaG Mathematics
  • BA Minor Mathematics

When studying M.Sc. Computer Science, this module can be attended in the study area Profile Area Mathematics.

Recommended Reading

  • Ziegler, G.M., Lectures on Polytopes (Graduate Texts in Mathematics), Springer, 1995
  • Barvinok, A., A Course in Convexity, Graduate Studies in Mathematics, Volume: 54, Amer. Math. Soc, 2002

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