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Last update: May 28, 2014.

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Adam Coffman


Department of Mathematical Sciences

IPFW College of Arts and Sciences


I am a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne.


I am interested in geometry of all kinds. Currently, I am studying the geometric properties of real objects inside complex objects: vector spaces, matrices, immersed manifolds, varieties, vector bundles, singularities, boundaries of open sets, pseudoholomorphic curves. I use the tools of topology, for example the Euler number, to describe the large-scale structure of the objects, and methods of several complex variables, including power series and partial differential equations, to describe the local geometry. I'm also interested in classical projective geometry, abstract algebra, and physics, and I often use the computer for symbolic manipulation and graphics.

Click here for links to my research articles, preprints, and notes.

Click here for a list of some grants I've received and some talks I've given.

Recent and Planned Events


I am not teaching Summer 2014, so office hours are by appointment only.  For the Fall 2014 semester, I plan to be teaching two sections of Differential Equations (Math 363), and I will have a one-semester sabbatical during Spring 2015.

Since Fall 1997, I have taught Math 151: Algebra and Trigonometry, Math 154: Algebra & Trigonometry II, the Math 165-166 sequence: first-year calculus (formerly Math 163-164), Math 175: Introductory Discrete Mathematics, Math 261: Multivariate Calculus, Math 262: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, Math 263: Multivariate and Vector Calculus, Math 351: Elementary Linear Algebra, Math 363: Differential Equations, Math 453: Algebra I, MA 511: Linear Algebra with Applications, Math 525: Introduction to Complex Analysis, Math 553: Introduction to Abstract Algebra, Math 554: Linear Algebra, Math 560: Fundamental Concepts of Geometry, and Math 571: Elementary Topology. I have also directed some independent graduate study courses in Math 598: Topics in Geometry, and Readings in Special Relativity, and the Physics-Based Calculus workshop has been offered for credit as Math 598 through the Division of Continuing Studies.

Click here for links to some course notes.

How To Reach Me

Office: 292 Kettler.

I will receive correspondence
dropped off in my mailbox
(Kettler 200) or mailed to:

Adam Coffman
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499.

Office Phone: 260-481-6188.
Department Phones:
260-481-6821, 481-6232.
Department Fax:
(260) 481-0155.

E-mail: CoffmanA (at) ipfw.edu
Kettler Hall, IPFW

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Steiner Surfaces
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