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SCOPE: This course will explore topics in
mathematics that have arisen from attempts to define and explain the
aspects of experience, such as symmetry, space dimension, surface, and
motion. Limitations, unexpected consequences and applications
from the development of these concepts illustrate the power of
to translate, to transform, to measure, and to classify. Lectures will
not covered in the texts as well as those treated in the texts.
Readings and materials will be from the assigned texts and materials linked to the course on the world wide web as appropriate.
This requirement helps students cope with, and participate in,
the changing world. Recognizing the importance of scientific methods
as investigative tools, the courses present science as a unified
discipline with a major impact on the human condition.
In particular this course attempts to enhance the general education goals to:
The Portfolio: Each student will organize a portfolio
which should contain entries related to the content of this course but
not discussed extensively in the lectures. No particular format or
for entries are required, but each entry must have some substantial
(as opposed to purely subjective) content. A minimum of 4 entries are
to achieve a grade of C. Sample portfolios may be viewed at
48 during office hours. The portfolio (quality and quantity) will
be used for determining letter grades above the C level.
One (or two) portfolio entries should be submitted for preview feedback and advice by February 25th.
A portfolio entry can report on the content of reading, illustrate it by examples, and/or follow up on it with an individual response and creativity.
The content of the
entry should relate specifically and directly to some visual
Personal observations, philosophical musings, and aesthetical judgments
are not adequate connections to something visual by themselves to
as mathematical content.
Suggested resources for the entries may be found on the Assignment and Reading List.
Portfolios will be due for grading on Wednesday, April 27th before 5 P.M.
Each student will participate in a course project as a part of a team.
Each team will have three or four members. These projects will be
with assistance from myself and the course assistants. The quality of
project will be used for determining letter grades above the C level.
will be discussed during the third week.
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Preliminary Project Proposals should be submitted for first review by 5 p.m., February 25th.
Projects should be submitted for grading by Wednesday, April 27th before 5 P.M.
A Project Fair will be organized for displays and presentations
the last day of class. Details will be discussed later.
***DAILY ATTENDANCE SHOULD BE A HABIT ***
Technology: The computer offers a very useful tool to enhance visual and computational understanding as well as a powerful device for discoverying and presenting resources on the world wide web. An optional lab time will be organized that will be devoted to a number of different projects as well as working with mathematical software tools, such as Wingeom, Winplot, Windisc. (The software we use is all freeware available from the www site of Rick Parris or from me.) A short list of world wide web sites for further reading will be organized on a weekly basis with materials specifically related to the course topics.
GRADES: Four or more absences without extenuating circumstances will be justification for a grade of F.
Otherwise final grades will be determined by taking into consideration the quality of work done in the course as evidenced primarily by assignments, projects, and portfolios.
**Only the letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F will be given. (No + or -'s)
** For the grade of C or CR a student must at least
(1) have satisfactory attendance and participation,
(2) have a satisfactory record on the daily assignments and class activities (about 80% +'s),
(3) have participated responsibly on a satisfactory group project,
and (4) have submitted a portfolio with at least 4 entries.
** For the grade of B (or A)
a student must at least
(1) be qualified for a grade of C,
and (2) submit a portfolio with at least 3 (or 6) entries beyond the work submitted for grade of C.
The portfolio's quality will be used also to determine the final grade .
Students wishing to be graded with
CR or NC should make this request using the on-line registration web
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