SCOPE: This course will cover various topics from "classical and
geometry." We will examine informally and formally selected theorems
theories for planar and spatial geometry from both synthetic and
(algebraic and transformational) viewpoints. Other approaches to
such as differential geometry and topology may be presented as time
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.
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, beginning Feb 1. 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 linked through Moodle.
Weekly problem assignments will be due on Wednesdays. (Accepted one day tardy at most!)
Some assigned problems may not be graded numerically.
Projects: Each student will be expected to develop a course
that presents some aspect of geometry with both results and
These may done in partnerships of two (or three) students and with
with Professor Flashman.
A brief preliminary descriptive project proposal is due 5pm Monday, February 8th from each individual or partnership. A progress report on the project is due March 23rd.
Final projects are due for review Friday, April 29th. (These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)
Oral presentations of the projects will be made during the time scheduled for final evaluation on Wednesday, May 11, 10:20 - 12:10.
The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION, distributed Friday, April 29th, and DUE Friday, May 13, 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 allocated as follows by percentage:
Students with Disabilities:Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center in House 71, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange. Student Disability Resource Center Website. http://www.humboldt.edu/disability/
(If you are a student with a disability, please consider discussing your needs and possible accommodations with me as soon as possible.)
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
No drops allowed after this
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
evacuation:Please review the evacuation plan for the
classroom (posted on the orange signs), and review Emergency
for information on campus Emergency Procedures. During an
emergency, information can be found campus conditions at: 826-INFO
or at the Humboldt State
integrity: Students are responsible for knowing the
policy regarding academic honesty. https://www2.humboldt.edu/studentrights/academic-honesty.
Attendance and disruptive behavior:Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive behavior.https://www2.humboldt.edu/studentrights/attendance-behavior
This course contributes to demonstrating the following student learning outcomes for HSU graduates:
Effective communication through written and oral modes.
Critical and creative thinking skills in acquiring a broad base of knowledge and applying it to complex issues
Competence in a major area of study.
This course contributes to demonstrating the following
Mathematics Department goals and student learning outcomes: [See MOODLE
for full list.]
Goal 1: (All Students): To provide students with quantitative reasoning skills and enhanced mathematical and statistical literacy for productive citizenship.
Goal 3: (Mathematics majors and minors): To provide students with a strong foundation suitable for teaching, pursuit of a career in a quantitative discipline, or graduate study.
Goal 3a: To provide students with knowledge of broad mathematical concepts that are the foundation of the discipline.
Goal 3c: To stimulate curiosity, encourage persistence and develop mathematical maturity.
Outcome 1:(Competence in Mathematical Techniques) Students demonstrate competence in the field of Mathematics, including the following skills:
1.3 The ability to read, evaluate, and create mathematical proof.
1.5 The ability to analyze the validity and efficacy of mathematical work.
Outcome 2: (Fundamental Understanding) Students demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the discipline of mathematics, including:
2.1 The historical development of the main mathematical and statistical areas in the undergraduate curriculum.
2.2 The ability to apply knowledge from one branch of mathematics to another and from mathematics to other disciplines.
Outcome 3: (Communication) Students demonstrate fluency in mathematical language through communication of their mathematical work, including demonstrated competence in
3.1 Written presentations of pure and applied mathematical work that follows normal conventions for logic and syntax.
3.2 Oral presentations of pure and applied mathematical work which are technically correct and are engaging for the audience.