CSE 477: Introduction to
Computer-Aided Geometric Design

CIDSE at Arizona State University
Fall 2018  * M & W 9:00 - 10:15am  *  BYAC 150

Instructor: D. Hansford, Ph.D.

Tel: 480-703-0263
Office: BYENG M1-02
Office Hours: M, W 10:45 - 11:45am and by appointment

Syllabus          Class Log

Course Description

Computer Aided Geometric Design (CAGD) or Geometric Modeling deals with computational modeling of objects such as

Shape modeling techniques (interactive modifications, volume deformations) will be taught as they arise in many fields such as CAD/CAM, computer animation, or medical imaging.

The course will cover material from The Essentials of CAGD.


Students will learn fundamental 3D Modeling concepts from a computational viewpoint. In that context, students will be able to analyze problems and provide practical solutions.


The Essentials of CAGD is the required textbook.


This page and the class log are the primary webpages for this course.
Blackboard will be used for turning in assignments and posting announcements.

Course Structure


4 Mathematica programming projects: 50% (each 12.5%)
Mid-term test: 25%
End-term test: 25%

Team work on the programming assignments is allowed only with special permission. A team will be expected to do more work than the basic assignment.

Late programming projects will be discounted at a rate of 5% per day.

Missed tests may be made-up and assignment extensions given if a valid excuse is presented with documentation. If you have a personal or family emergency that causes you to get behind in the class, please let me know and we can make a plan.
The University has policies regarding religious holidays and sanctioned events. Please notify me if these situations apply to you.

ASU's Academic Credit Policy --> You should average at least 6 hours/week outside of class


Accumulated score rounded to the nearest integer and letter grade assigned by rule:
A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, E: <60

"Plus grades" (A+, B+, etc) are earned through above average class participation.

Classroom Behavior

Cell phones must be turned off during class to avoid causing distractions.  The use of recording devices is not permitted during class.  Any violent or threatening conduct by an ASU student in this class will be reported to the ASU Police Department and the Office of the Dean of Students.

Disability Resource Center

Suitable accommodations will be made for students having disabilities and students should notify the instructor as early as possible if they will require same.  Such students must be registered with the Disability Resource Center and provide documentation to that effect. Please check the website for ASU's Disability Resource Center for assistance.

Academic Integrity

Violations of the University Academic Integrity policy will not be ignored. Violations will be reported to the Dean's office. Penalties include reduced or no credit for submitted work, a failing grade in the class, a note on your official transcript that shows you were punished for cheating, suspension, expulsion and revocation of already awarded degrees. Please review the university academic integrity policy webpage.

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