Year of Publication


Season of Publication


Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences (MS)


Mathematics & Statistics

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Dr. Daniel Dreibelbis

Second Advisor

Dr. Ognjen Milatovic

Third Advisor

Dr. Jose Franco

Department Chair

Dr. Scott Hochwald

College Dean

Dr. Barbara Hetrick


Consider two immersed surfaces M and N. A pair of points (p,q) in M x N is called a line bitangency if there is a common tangent line between them. Furthermore, we define the line bitangency submanifold as the union of all such pairs of points in M x N. In this thesis we investigate the dynamics of the line bitangency submanifold in a one-parameter family of immersion pairs. We do so by translating one of the surfaces and studying the wide range of transitions the submanifold may undertake. We then characterize these transitions by the local geometry of each surface and provide examples of each transition.