Math 3696 Geometry Fall 2012

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Math 3696 Geometry Fall 2012
Section 001, Meeting in D234, MWF 11-11:50



Sarah Holliday Office: D230
Phone: 678-915-3421 E-mail: shollida@spsu.edu


Office Hours:
MWF 10-10:50am, T 4-4:50pm, R 4-5:50pm, and by appointment.


Text:
Foundations of Geometry, by Gerard A Venema.


Technology:
You may NOT share calculators during quizzes or exams. The use of cell phones, pagers, text or other messaging devices is not allowed during class.


Prerequisites:
A grade of C in Math 2254.



Course objectives:

1. Students should be able to state Euclid’s Postulates.
2. Students should be able to explain the role of the Parallel Postulate in the development of geometry from classical to modern times.
3. Students should be able to define the Projective Plane.
4. Students should be able to prove theorems up to modern standards of rigor.


Homework, Quizzes and Examinations:
Homework will be assigned daily, but will not be collected without advance warning. Questions on homework problems can be answered in Office Hours and/or in class. Quizzes will occur frequently, and occasionally without warning. Quiz questions will typically come from homework problems. There will be three in-class tests, and a final


Grading Policy:
Each test is valued at 20% of the total grade, the quizzes and homeworks total to 25% and the final exam is the remaining 15% of the grade.

Honesty:
SPSU has an Honor Code and a procedure for handling cases when academic misconduct is alleged. All students should be aware of them. Information about the Honor Code and the misconduct procedure may be found at http://www.spsu.edu/honorcode/.


Absence:
If I am contacted with an acceptable excuse before the date of the quiz or exam, then a makeup can be arranged. An acceptable excuse is in writing, contains the student's name, the date of the absence, a signature from a faculty member sponsoring the trip, contact information for the faculty member, and a brief mention of the nature of the trip.


Special needs:
I will attempt to accommodate all students with special needs to the best of my ability, but it is the responsibility of the student to make their needs known to me. Students with disabilities who believe they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the counselor working with disabilities at 678-915-7244 as soon as possible to better assure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.


Dates:
First day of class = Aug 15
Holiday = Sep 3
In-class exam 1 = Sep 12
In-class exam 2 = Oct 17
In-class exam 3 = Nov 14
Holiday = Nov 21-23
Final Exam = Dec 5-11



Assistance:
For help with your homework, or questions about the lectures, you have a lot of options. I will take a limited number of questions during class, as time permits. I am available in my office for help during my posted office hours, and any unscheduled time my door is open. For additional help, there are campus-wide resources I will announce as soon as I have the details.

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