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Math 371/480 Spring, '04
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MATH 371 Geometry  MWF. 14:00 - 14:50 ROOM: SH 128
MATH 480- Supplement W. 15:00 - 15:50 +   ROOM: GH 215

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SPRING, 2004                     COURSE INFORMATION(tentative)        M.FLASHMAN
MATH 371/480: GEOMETRY            MWF 14:00-14:50; W 15:00-15:50+        ROOM: SH 128/ GH 215
OFFICE: Library 48     E-MAIL:          PHONE:826-4950
Hours (Tent.):  MTRF 9:00-10:10  AND BY APPOINTMENT or chance!
PREREQUISITE: Math 240 and high school geometry (or permission ). 


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 Blackboard for some on-line reality quizzes. Here is some information about how to use Blackboard.
You can also go directly to the HSU Blackboard .

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 Monday. 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)

  • 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 Wednesday. (Accepted one day tardy at most!)
    Some problems may be assigned but not numerically graded.
    Math 480 assignments are submitted electronically through Blackboard for grading by 7 pm on the date specified in the assignment.

    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 Tuesday, February 17th from each partnership. A progress report on the project is due March 26th.
    Final projects are due for review Tuesday, May 4th. (These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)

    The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION, distributed Thursday, April 29th, and DUE Friday, May 14, 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:

    Homework 20 %
    Reading Summaries 10%
    Project 10%
    Quizzes 30%
    Final Exam 30%
    Total 100%
    ** 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.  

    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 Wingeometry, Geometer's Sketchpad, and EuclidianReality . We will go to GH 215 on Wednesdays to use this software and for exploring other software as well.

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