Math 351, College Geometry, Fall 2017

MWF 8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m., 3128 Schaap

Instructor: Aaron Cinzori
Office: 216 VanderWerf
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-2:50 p.m.; Friday, 9:30-10:20 a.m. These are times when I will be in my office and available to help you. You may drop in at these times without an appointment. I am also available at many other times by appointment. You may set up an appointment by phone, email, or in person. Finally, if you see me in my office, feel free to pop in. I'll be happy to help you if I can or schedule a mutually agreeable meeting time. Email:
Phone: 395-7528 (my office), 395-7530 (math department)

Overview: Geometry is one of the oldest mathematical disciplines, but it is also an area of active current research. The two main goals of this course are for you to learn more about geometry and improve your mathematical communication skills, in particular your proof-making and presentation skills. A rough outline of the course is:

The text for the course is Roads to Geometry, third edition by Edward C. Wallace and Stephen F. West.

Exams, etc.: There will be two midterm exams and a final exam which together will account for 60% of the grade. The exams may include both an in class portion and a take home portion. The remainder of the grade in the course will be earned from homework assignments, class presentations and participation, and projects. The grade will be calculated based on the percentage of points earned.

There is no extra credit.

External Participation Requirement: You will need to participate in five external mathematical experiences over the course of the semester. You may attend the math department's colloquia. Each one of these that you attend (and write about) counts as a required experience. Your write-ups are due within one week of the colloquium. Every fortnight, a new edition of the department's newsletter, Off on a Tangent, appears. Included in the newsletter is a Problem of the Fortnight for you to solve. Each such problem for which you submit a correct solution counts as an external mathematical experience as well. Two credits are awarded for attending a mathematics conference or for preparing for and competing in a math competition. Three credits are awarded for presenting mathematics at a conference or colloquium. If you do not complete the colloquium requirement, then your grade will be lowered by one third of a letter grade (e.g. from B+ to B).

Course Assessment: Hope College expects all students to assess each course in an effort to continuously improve student learning. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to assess how well this course met its stated goals. Your responses will be kept anonymous, but I will take the collective results seriously in thinking about how to provide Hope students the best possible education. Your responses matter. You are urged to participate in this important process.

Americans With Disabilities Act: Any student whose disability falls within ADA guidelines should inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester of any special accommodations or equipment needs necessary to complete the requirements for this course. Students must register documentation with the Office of Disability Services and/or Academic Success Center. If you have questions, call Student Development at extension 7800.

We will abide by the Code for Academic Integrity detailed in the Hope College 2017-2018 Catalog.

Important dates are as follows:
Last day to add or drop the course: Wednesday, September 6
Exam 1: Friday, October 6
Fall Recess: Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10
Last day to withdraw or declare pass/fail status: Friday, November 3
Exam 2: Friday, November 10
Thanksgiving Break: Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24
Final Exam: Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Don't make travel plans that will cause you to miss the final.

Grading Scale:
90-100% A 87-89% A-
84-86% B+ 80-83% B 77-79% B-
74-76% C+ 70-73% C 67-69% C-
64-66% D+ 60-63% D 57-59% D-
0-56% F

Attendance and Time Requirements: Regular attendance is highly recommended. Attentiveness, constructive participation in class discussions, and asking relevant questions will improve your chances of learning the material. A positive attitude helps, too. It is essential that you read the sections we are discussing, preferably both before class and then again after class. The standard recommendation for college classes is 2--3 hours spent outside of class on reading, studying, and homework for every hour in class. Be prepared to work hard. Don't fall behind.

The instructor reserves the right to alter the conditions outlined in this syllabus without notice.

You are responsible for knowing all announcements made in class, whether you're there or not.