Martin Flashman's Courses - Math 371 Spring, '98

MATH 371 Geometry (480-Geometry Supplement)

Spring, 1998 MW. 13:00 -14:50 ROOM: SH 128

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Last updated: 1/14/98
The following description is still being developed.

SPRING, 1998                     COURSE INFORMATION(tentative)        M.FLASHMAN
MATH 371/480: GEOMETRY            M  W  13:00-14:50        ROOM: SH 128/ sd 017
OFFICE: Library 48     E-MAIL:          PHONE:826-4950
Hours (Tent.): M - TH 9:30-10:40!                  AND BY APPOINTMENT or Chance!
PREREQUISITE: Math 240 and high school geometry (or permission ).


SCOPE: This course will cover various topics from "classical and modern geometry." We will examine informally and formally selected theorems and theories for planar and spatial geometry from both synthetic and analytic (algebraic and transformational) viewpoints. Other approaches to geometry such as differential geometry and topology may be presented as time permits.
Lectures will organize the topics to present materials not covered in the texts as well as those treated in the texts. Supplementary readings and materials will be supplied as appropriate.

TESTS & ASSIGNMENTS: There will be at least 2 (3) self-scheduled quizzes plus a practical oral quiz on the use of technology (Sketchpad).

Reading: Each student will be expected to read short articles about geometric topics from   The College Mathematics Journal, The Mathematics Teacher, Scientific American, a geometric web site, or other approved sources and make brief written summaries of these to be passed in every Wednesday. These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.
Reports should include (1) correct citation, (2) Geometric subject area, (3)Result(s), and (4)proofs if interesting.

Weekly problem assignments
will be due on Wednesdays.
(Accepted two days tardy at most!)
Some problems may be assigned but not numerically graded.

Projects: Each student will be expected to develop a course project that presents some aspect of geometry with both results and explanation. These will done in partnerships of two (or three) students and with consultations with Professor Flashman. A brief preliminary descriptive project proposal is due Monday, February 23rd from each partnership. A progress report on the project is due April 8th.
Final projects are due for review Tuesday, April 28th. (These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)

The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION, distributed Wednesday, April 29th, and DUE Friday, May 15, before 5 P.M.

It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup test promptly.

GRADES: Final grades will be determined taking into consideration the quality of work done in the course as evidenced primarily from the accumulation of points from graded assignments and examinations approximately as follows:

** Active class participation will be considered in deciding individual grades after a general grade range has been assigned.
The final grade for Math 480 will be determined by the technology assignments and the oral technology quiz.

TECHNOLOGY: We will be using the computer at various stages of this course to illustrate and investigate some of the geometry dynamically. For this purpose we will use Geometer's Sketchpad. We will go to SD 017 on Wednesdays to use this software and for exploring other software as well.

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