Martin Flashman's Courses
Math 371(480) Spring, '09
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MATH 371 Geometry MWF. 11:00  11:50 ROOM: KA 104
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SPRING, 2009
COURSE INFORMATION(tentative)
M.FLASHMAN
MATH 371
GEOMETRY
MWF 11:0011:50
ROOM: KA 104
OFFICE: BSS 356 EMAIL: flashman@humboldt.edu
PHONE:8264950
Office Hours  MWF 8:309:30 AND BY APPOINTMENT or
chance!
PREREQUISITE: Math 240 and high school geometry (or permission ).
TEXTS:

Fundamentals of Geometry by B.Meserve and J. Izzo,
A.W. (1969) 
ON LINE through Moodle.

The Elements by Euclid, Volume 1, edited by T.L. Heath, Dover (1926)
The
Elements (David Joyce's online version)
The
First Six Books of The Elements of Euclid (Comprehensive connections
with Oliver Byrne's online version)

Proof in Geometry by A.I Fetisov, Mir (1978)

Flatland,
(one of many online versions available) by Edwin A. Abbott, Dover.
CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Classical and modern problems and concepts. Topics
from: plane and solid geometry; Euclidean geometry; deductive approaches,
nonEuclidean 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.
•Students with Disabilities:
Persons who wish to request disabilityrelated accommodations should
contact the Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 8264678
(voice) or 8265392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several
weeks to arrange. http://www.humboldt.edu/~sdrc/
•Add/Drop policy: ** See the University rules and
dates related to the following:
 No drops will be allowed
without
"serious
and compelling reasons" and a fee after this date.
 No drops allowed after this date.
 Students wishing to be graded
with either
CR or NC should make this request using the web registration procedures.
Students are responsible for knowing the University policy, procedures, and schedule for dropping or adding classes. http://www.humboldt.edu/~reg/regulations/schedadjust.html
•Emergency evacuation: Please review the evacuation plan for the classroom (posted on the orange signs) , and review http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/emergencyops/campus_emergency_preparedness.php
for information on campus Emergency Procedures. During an emergency,
information can be found campus conditions at: 826INFO or http://www.humboldt.edu/emergency
•Academic honesty: Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding academic honesty: http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/academic_honesty.php or http://www.humboldt.edu/~humboldt/catalogpdfs/catalog200708.pdf
•Attendance and disruptive behavior: Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive behavior: http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/attendance_behavior.php
TESTS & ASSIGNMENTS: We will use Moodle for some online 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:
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.
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.
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 10th from each individual or partnership. A progress report
on the project is due March 25th.
Final projects are due for review Tuesday, May 5th. (These will
be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)
The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKEHOME EXAMINATION, distributed
Thursday, April 30th, and DUE Friday, May 15, before 5 P.M.
MAKEUP TESTS WILL NOT BE GIVEN EXCEPT FOR VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES!
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 
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.
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, Geometer's Sketchpad, GeoGebra and EuclidianReality .
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