MATH:331:01 Geometry Fall, 2017
Syllabus
Instructor: Kenneth Brakke
Office: Fisher 308
Office phone: 4466
Email: brakke@susqu.edu
I will use email to communicate with the class outside of meeting
times, e.g. for homework corrections, hints, etc. So check your
email regularly. When emailing me, be sure to use a good subject
line. Blank subjects, and generic subjects like "question" and "help"
are liable to get eaten by our spam filter. Use a subject like
"Geometry homework question".
Office hours: 1:00-3:00 MWF and 1:00-3:00 TTh, officially.
I am usually in my office 8:30-5:00 daily, except for
my other classes (10:00-11:05 MWF and 3:00-4:05 MWF).
You may also make an appointment.
Text: College Geometry by David C. Kay, 2nd ed.
Grading:
Homework: 100 points
2 hour exams: 200
Final exam: 150
Students must also demonstrate mastery of
a set of ruler and compass constructions. See
http://facstaff.susqu.edu/brakke/constructions
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Course goals:
1. To understand the axiomatic method and the role of
proof in mathematics, and to know the various types of proofs.
2. To gain the basic geometric knowledge an educated person
should have.
3. To become acquainted with a lot of the nifty ideas that
go by the name of "geometry".
4. To get a little of the history and philosophy of mathematics.
Course content: Due to the long Tuesday-Thursday class periods,
there will be two parallel tracks. The first part of each
class will cover traditional axiomatic geometry, including
points, lines, planes, triangles, circles, spherical and
hyperbolic space. The second part of each class will be
devoted to independent topics including symmetry, fractals,
polyhedra, soap films, knots, map-making, and the shape
of the universe.
Class attendance policy: Be there. The Student Handbook states
that one week's equivalence of absences is grounds for an F.
I will note absences, and anybody that has what I regard as
excessive absences will have their grade lowered as I see fit.
Cheating and plagiarism: Don't. Studying together to understand
the material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your
own. See the Student Handbook for the dire consequences of
cheating or plagiarism.
Final exam: there will be a comprehensive final exam held in the
official final exam period for this course, Monday, December 11,
from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Tell your family not to plan family
vacations, weddings, rides home etc. until after finals.