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. Here is some information
about how to use Moodle.
You can also go directly to the HSU Moodle .
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. These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr. Here's some help finding articles:
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 on line at http://learner.org/resources/
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 Moodle 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 13th from each individual or partnership. A progress report
on the project is due March 26th.
Final projects are due for review Tuesday, May 1st. (These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)
The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION, distributed Thursday, April 26th, and DUE Friday, May 11, before 5 P.M.
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: