MW 3:00 - 4:20 P.M.
The most important objective of this course is to introduce students to mathematical thinking and reasoning through a hands-on exploration of interesting and challenging topics in geometry. The emphasis in this course is on conjecture, exploration of interesting geometric ideas, leading to the development of a robust proof or refutation. The goals of the course can be roughly divided into the broad areas of process goals (exploration, proof, and communication) and content goals (in synthetic, analytic, and transformational geometry.)
By the end of the course, the successful student will be able to
Broad Content Goals
Text: Students are required to purchase the textbook, College Geometry Using The Geometer’s Sketchpad By Barbara E. Reynolds SDS William E. Fenton.
Software: It is recommended that students purchase the following software: The Geometer's Sketchpad, Version 5. Students can purchase a non-expiring license or a one year license by scrolling to the bottom of the page of the following website ( http://www.keypress.com/x24119.xml?Software=yes ). Students who choose not to purchase the software can use computers on campus to complete homework that requires the use of the above software.
Additional Note: Students will need a jump drive to store electronic work.
Grades will be calculated using the following point scheme:
Exams: 35% of course grade
Final Exam: 25% of course grade
Other graded assessments of student work: 25% of course grade
Active participation in-class: 15% of course grade
The traditional 90–80–70–60 scale will be used to determine course letter grades at the end of the semester.
Homework is due at the beginning of class, and late homework will not be accepted. A student who is absent may turn his/her homework in by faxing it to the attention of the instructor at 940-397-4442, or by scanning it and sending it through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Homework must be faxed or emailed by the beginning of class to avoid being late.
Homework: Late assignments are not accepted.
Exams: No make-up exams will be given!!!
Students are expected to attend and be punctual to every class meeting. Excessive late arrivals or early departures from class will count as unexcused absences. Since this course relies heavily on group participation, any student with n unexcused absences, where n >0, will lose (2n-1)% from his/her final course average. For extreme circumstances in which the instructor is convinced that an absence was unavoidable, the instructor may consider an absence to be excused. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss any such absence with the instructor, as well as, when requested by the instructor, provide documentation supporting the reason for the absence. Regularly, between class meetings, students will be assigned to complete investigation type activities and come to class prepared to share your discoveries and thoughts about the mathematics within these activities. In addition, at times you will be asked to work specific problems from the text and come to class ready to present your solutions, or at least share your thoughtful ideas about solving the assigned problem. For each class meeting in which you have not prepared sufficiently (i.e. unable to have an intellectual discussion around the assigned activities or problems), your grade will be reduced by 1%.
Major Focus of Course Text Content: Chapters 1 – 7, 9
Additional Text: We will make some use of the text Geometry A Guided Inquiry, by G.D. Chakerian, et al. The instructor will provide loaner copies of this text as needed.
Reading: It is expected that you read the textbook. The class is not going to be run in a lecture style format. You must read the textbook or you will miss important information.
Homework: Homework will be assigned regularly and some of the homework will be turned in to be graded. Students will also be expected to present to the class many of their solutions to assigned problems.
Exams: Dates of hourly exams will be announced at least one week prior to the exam. Expect at least one, possibly two, take-home exams, as well as two in-class exams.
Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn these off during class.
Student rights: All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for information related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. Topics such as Student Affairs and Student Life, Academic Issues, Financial Issues, University Policies and Procedures, and Code of Student Conduct are included in this handbook.
Evidence of cheating: If there is evidence of cheating on an exam or plagiarism on any written assignments or take-home exams, or assisting a student in cheating or plagiarizing, you will receive a zero on the work and possibly a letter grade of F for the course. Further, university policy concerning reporting evidence of cheating to college deans, etc. will be followed.