USletter
Math 311, Section 1

BSU Dept. of Mathematics

Fall 2010
Course
Catalog Title and Description:Foundations of Geometry (3 credits).
Euclidean, noneuclidean 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 18 and 13 and, if time permits, 912, 14.
Learning Objectives: See http://math.boisestate.edu/degrees/m311.shtml.
TuTh 9:40am11:30am
(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%): Inclass quizzes will be given periodically.
The lowest quiz score will be dropped.
Final Exam (25%): Tuesday, May 10, 8:00am10:00am.
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 inclass discussion and groupwork are mandatory.
ADA Policy Statement:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal antidiscrimination
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) 4261583.
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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