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


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

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


Dr. Zach Teitler
(208) 426-1086
MG 220B
Office Hours:

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


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.
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.
Your writing will be graded in part on quality (including clarity, organization, explanation) as well as correctness.
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.


Attendance and participation in in-class discussion and groupwork are mandatory.
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