Martin Flashman's Courses
Math 371 Spring, '11
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MATH 371 Geometry TR
SH120 FH 125
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Last updated: 1/15/11
ROOM: SH 120
OFFICE: BSS 356 E-MAIL:
Office Hours (Tent.): MWRF 8:15-9:30 AND BY APPOINTMENT or chance!
PREREQUISITE: Math 240 and high school geometry (or permission ).
Materials: Students are expected to have a compass for use during classes.
- Fundamentals of Geometry by B.Meserve and J. Izzo,
ON LINE through Moodle.
- The Elements by Euclid, Volume 1, edited by T.L. Heath,
Elements (David Joyce's on-line version)
Books of The Elements of Euclid (Comprehensive connections
with Oliver Byrne's on-line version)
- Proof in Geometry by A.I Fetisov, Mir (1978)
on-line versions available) by Edwin A. Abbott, Dover.
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Classical and modern problems and concepts. Topics
from: plane and solid geometry; Euclidean geometry; deductive
non-Euclidean and alternative characterizations of geometry using
analytic, and transformational approaches.
SCOPE: This course will cover various topics from "classical and
geometry." We will examine informally and formally selected theorems
theories for planar and spatial geometry from both synthetic and
(algebraic and transformational) viewpoints. Other approaches to
such as differential geometry and topology may be presented as time
Lectures will organize the topics to present materials not covered
in the texts as well as those treated in the texts. Supplementary
and materials will be supplied as appropriate.
- Add/Drop policy: ** Students are responsible for knowing the University policy, procedures, and
schedule for dropping or adding classes.
Schedule Adjustments (Adding or Dropping)
See the University rules and
dates related to the following:
- No drops will be allowed
and compelling reasons" and a fee after this date.
- No drops allowed after this
- Students wishing to be graded
CR or NC should make this request using the web registration
- Students with Disabilities: Persons who wish to request disability-related
accommodations should contact the Student
Center in the Learning
Commons of the Lower Library, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several
weeks to arrange. Student
Disability Resource Center
- Emergency evacuation: Please review the evacuation
plan for the classroom (posted on the orange signs), and review Campus Emergency
for information on campus Emergency Procedures.
During an emergency, information can be found campus conditions at: 826-INFO or Emergency Conditions
TESTS & ASSIGNMENTS: We may use Moodle for some on-line reality quizzes.
Reading: Each student will be expected to read short articles
about geometric topics from The
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 other Tuesday.
be graded Honors/Cr/NCr. Here's some help finding articles:
Search The College
Journal and the Mathematics Magazine.
Search JSTOR (HSU Access
(HSU Access Only)
Each Report should include (1) Correct citation, (2) Geometric subject
area, (3)Result(s), and (4)Proofs if interesting.
Other Media: Occasionally video materials will be assigned for
viewing followed by in -class discussions.
These materials may be
placed on reserve in the library or found linked through Moodle.
Weekly problem assignments will be due on Wednesday. (Accepted
one day tardy at most!)
Some problems may be assigned but not numerically graded.
Projects: Each student will be expected to develop a course
that presents some aspect of geometry with both results and
These may done in partnerships of two (or three) students and with
with Professor Flashman.
A brief preliminary descriptive project proposal
is due 5pm Tuesday, February 8th from each individual or partnership. A
on the project is due March 25th.
Final projects are due for review Thursday, April 29th. (These will
be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)
The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION,
Thursday, April 29th, and DUE Friday, May 13, before 5 P.M.
MAKE-UP TESTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL
It is the student's responsibility to request a makeup test
GRADES: Final grades will be determined taking into consideration
quality of work done in the course as evidenced primarily from the
of points from graded assignments and examinations approximately as
** Active class participation will be considered in deciding individual
grades after a general grade range has been assigned.
TECHNOLOGY: We will be using
the computer at various stages of this course
to illustrate and investigate some of the geometry dynamically. For
purpose we may use Wingeometry, The Geometer's Sketchpad®, and
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