MA 341-001 -- TOPICS IN GEOMETRY
MW 4:00-5:15 -- CB343
NOTE: If you are an elementary or middle school major, you should
be in Section 002, which meets at the same time in CB341.
INSTRUCTOR: Carl Lee, 967 POT, 257-1405, firstname.lastname@example.org,
OFFICE HOURS: TR 9:30-10:45 and by appointment, since I
realize that some of you will be unable to come at these times.
TEXT: Kay, College Geometry: A Discovery Approach.
OTHER MATERIALS: From time to time you may need to bring some
other materials to classs, such as tape, scissors, a ruler,
a compass, a protractor, stiff paper for constructions (e.g., old file
folders), glue, graph
paper (square grid, triangular grid), blank paper, colored pencils,
a calculator, toothpicks,
small marshmallows, small spheres (eg., ping-pong balls or oranges).
TOPICS: I plan to cover most of Chapters 2, 3 and 4, and parts of
Chapters 5 and 6, but not necessarily strictly in that order. I will
also pass out some notes as we go along.
My plan is to devote the first ten minutes of each class to material
brought by the members of the class, usually in connection with the
Geometry Scavenger Hunt. We may also make use of the following programs:
Geometer's Sketchpad, Cabri Geometry, and Maple. I believe all of
these can be found somewhere in the King library lab, and some may
also be available in the College of Education lab.
I also hope to have some
construction workshops if I am successful in finding a suitable room.
I will NOT be assigning plus/minus grades.
Submissions to the Scavenger Hunt will be counted as extra credit (but I may decide to impose a limit on the number of submissions by any one person).
CLASS PARTICIPATION: Since a significant portion of the course
will involve group work and discussion, attendance and participation
is extremely important. Homework assignments will often be directly
related or continuations of in-class projects.
HOMEWORK: Usually collected weekly.
Problems are assigned to be solved. Searching the textbooks or
the library for solutions is not permitted (except for the Scavenger
On regular assignments you may discuss the problems with other
current class members and with me, but not with anyone else. However, when it
comes time for you to write up the solutions, I expect you to do this
on your own. If you receive assistance from another class member,
include a written acknowledgment. Such an acknowledgment is a professional
courtesy and will not affect your grade.
EXAMS: There will probably be three exams, some of which may be
On take-home exams, you may turn to me for questions, but to no
other individual or source for assistance.
FINAL: Thursday, December 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m.