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 Blackboard for some on-line reality quizzes. Here is some information
about how to use
Blackboard.
You can also go directly to the HSU Blackboard
.
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 Monday. These will be graded Honors/Cr/NCr. Here's some help finding articles:
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 Blackboard
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 17th from each partnership. A progress report
on the project is due March 26th.
Final projects are due for review Tuesday, May 4th. (These will
be graded Honors/Cr/NCr.)
The final examination will be an OPEN BOOK TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION, distributed Thursday, April 29th, and DUE Friday, May 14, 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:
Homework | 20 % |
Reading Summaries | 10% |
Project | 10% |
Quizzes | 30% |
Final Exam | 30% |
Total | 100% |