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Math 311, Section 1 - BSU Dept. of Mathematics - Fall 2010

Course

Catalog Title and Description: Foundations of Geometry (3 credits). Euclidean, non-euclidean and projective geometries from an axiomatic point of view. PREREQ: MATH 187 and MATH 175.
Required Text: Foundations of Geometry, by Gerard Venema
Material: We will cover chapters 1-8 and 13 and, if time permits, 9-12, 14.
Learning Objectives: See http://math.boisestate.edu/degrees/m311.shtml.


This class meets TuTh, 8:15am-9:30am, in MG 120.

Instructor

Instructor:
Dr. Zach Teitler
Phone:
(208) 426-1086
Office:
MG 220B
Email:
zteitler@boisestate.edu
Website:
http://math.boisestate.edu/~zteitler
Office Hours:

TuTh 9:40am-11:30am (subject to change)
and by appointment

Writing

Proofs:
Most assigned problems in this course will involve writing a proof or explanation rather than "finding the answer". In other words, you will most often be given a statement and asked to write a clear, logical explanation or proof of why it is true, rather than solving for an unknown or working out a formula.
Writing:
One of the main goals of this course is developing mathematical writing. Therefore assignments will usually involve a significant amount of writing. You should always do "scratch work" to get the main idea of a problem and then write up at least one draft of your answer before turning in the final version.
Grading:
Your writing will be graded in part on quality (including clarity, organization, explanation) as well as correctness.
Format:
I prefer handwritten work as long as it is neat and legible. Typed work is also fine.

Assignments and Grading

Homework (20%): Homework will be assigned, to be completed with a partner. (Individually completed homework will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made.)
Exams (45%): There will be three exams in class, tentatively on February 17, March 24, and April 28. Exam dates are subject to change; any changes will be announced in advance.
Quizzes (10%): In-class quizzes will be given periodically. The lowest quiz score will be dropped.
Final Exam (25%): Tuesday, May 10, 8:00am-10:00am.
Course grades: Grades will be determined based on your accumulated score as a percentage, using standard percentages: 90% is no lower than A-, 80% is no lower than B-, and so on.

Other

Attendance:
Attendance and participation in in-class discussion and groupwork are mandatory.
ADA Policy Statement:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accomodation of their disabilities. To request academic accomodations for a disability, contact the Disability Resource Center, Admin 114, (208) 426-1583. Students are required to provide documentation of their disability and meet with a Disability Specialist prior to receiving accomodations. Information about a disability or health condition will be regarded as confidential.



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