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Math 371 Spring, '16
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MATH 371 Geometry  MWF   11:00-11:50    BSS 308

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SPRING, 2016                     COURSE INFORMATION(tentative)        M.FLASHMAN
MATH 371 GEOMETRY            MWF   11:00-11:50                                   ROOM:  BSS 308
OFFICE: BSS 346     E-MAIL:          PHONE:826-4950
Office Hours(Tentative): MF 12:10-13:10 W 2:10- 3:10 and by appointment or chance.
Optional 4th hour on GeoGebra: W: 12:00- 12:50 BSS 313.
PREREQUISITE: Math 240 and high school geometry (or permission ). 

TEXTS: Materials: Students are expected to have a compass for use during classes.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Classical and modern problems and concepts. Topics from: plane and solid geometry; Euclidean geometry; deductive approaches, non-Euclidean and alternative characterizations of geometry using synthetic, analytic, and transformational approaches.

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:  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 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 other Monday, beginning Feb 1. These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr. Here's some help finding articles:

  • Search The College Mathematics Journal and the Mathematics Magazine.
  • Search JSTOR (HSU Access Only)
  • Search Scientific American (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 Wednesdays.
    (Accepted one day tardy at most!)
    assigned problems may not be  graded numerically.

    Projects: Each student will be expected to develop a course project that presents some aspect of geometry with both results and explanation. These may done in partnerships of two (or three) students and with consultations with Professor Flashman.
    A brief preliminary descriptive project proposal is due 5pm Monday, February 8th from each individual or partnership. A progress report on the project is due March 23rd.
    Final projects are due for review Friday, April 29th. (These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)
    Oral presentations of the projects will be made during the time scheduled for final evaluation on Wednesday, May 11, 10:20 - 12:10.

    The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION, distributed Friday, April 29th, and DUE Friday, May 13, 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  allocated as follows by percentage:

    Homework 25 %
    Reading Summaries 10%
    Project 15%
    Quizzes 20%
    Final Exam 30%
    Total 100%
    ** Active class participation will be considered in deciding individual grades after a general grade range has been assigned.
     Though final grades for the course are subject to my discretion, I will use the following overall percentages based on the total number of points for your work to determine the broader range of grades for the course.   
      85-100% ;   70- 84% ;  C  60- 69% ;  D  50- 59%  ;  F   0- 49% .

    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 may use Wingeometry,  The Geometer's Sketchpad®, and GeoGebra.

    University Policies.


    Students with Disabilities:Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange. Student Disability Resource Center Website

    (If you are a student with a disability, please consider discussing your needs and possible accommodations with me as soon as possible.)

    Add/Drop policy: See the University rules and dates related to the following:

    Students are responsible for knowing the University policy, procedures, and schedule for dropping or adding classes. Add/Drop Policy

    Emergency evacuation:Please review the evacuation plan for the classroom (posted on the orange signs), and review Emergency Operations Website for information on campus Emergency Procedures. During an emergency, information can be found campus conditions at: 826-INFO  or at the Humboldt State Emergency Website.

    Academic integrity: Students are responsible for knowing the policy regarding academic honesty.

    Attendance and disruptive behavior:Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive behavior.

    This course contributes to demonstrating the following student learning outcomes for HSU graduates:

    This course contributes to demonstrating the following Mathematics Department goals and student learning outcomes: [See MOODLE for full list.]

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