COURSE SYLLABUS - MAT 4930

TITLE: Honors Foundations of Geometry CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLASS TIME and ROOM: TR 12:30-1:50pm, Room HC 114

TEXT: Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometries

PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern

OFFICE & PHONE: HC 162

E-mail: warren.mcgovern@fau.edu ; http://home.fau.edu/wmcgove1/web/

OFFICE HOURS: Thursdays 12:00-12:30pm, 2pm-3:30pm or by appt.

CONTENT: An introductory course covering foundations of incidence and neutral geometry.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be run in a split fashion: i) lecture style format and ii) student presentations. The student presentations will follow the Discovery Learning notes. The main idea is that each individual student shall work on the notes and attempt to get through as many problems as possible. Discovery Learning is not collaborative and so the students are required to not work on the problems together. Any student having trouble is welcome to use office hours to discuss the problems. Periodically the instructor will request that students present their proofs/solutions on the board to the whole class. The students should keep a "journal" with their solutions

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. If a student misses a class meeting it is his/her responsibility to obtain the class notes either from another student or from the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours. However, the latter usually means the student will be given the sections that were covered. If a student has 3 unexcused absences, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter grade. If a student misses 6 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by two letter grades, etc. All tests will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made, with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I, and only I, have the right to agree to giving a makeup test

EVALUATION: Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to gain and lose points. The most common examples of gaining points (but not limited to) are through occasional quizzes, homework, one mid-term exam, the discovery learning notes, board presentations, student participation, constructions (straight-edge and compass, origami) and a final exam. The quizzes will either be announced or unannounced. The mid-term will take place during the regularly scheduled class time on the following dates. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking a quiz or test, not turning in the notes, not presenting, or an unsatisfactory attendance record. At the end of the semester if the student's (net) point total is greater than or equal to 90% of the total possible number of points then the student will have earned an A. The rest of the grades are as follows 80%-90% B, 70%-80% C, 60%-70% D, below 60% F.
If a student misses 3 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter grade. If a student misses 6 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by two letter grades, etc.

The official gradebook will be kept by the instructor. Blackboard will only be used for the recording of prominent and graded activities, e.g. tests scores.

EXAM SCHEDULE:

Date Day Event
October 15th Thursday Mid-Term Exam
December 3rd Thursday Final Exam 10:30am-1:00pm
Each test/exam will be cumulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. The quizzes will cover material since the previous quiz. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered on the quizzes and exams.

Collaboration and the Honor Code: You are expected to adhere to the Honor Code (see HC Honor Code and FAU Honor Code).

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) -- in Boca Raton, SU 133 (561-297-3880); in Davie, LA 240 (954-236-1222); in Jupiter, SR 110 (561-799-8010); or at the Treasure Coast, CO 117 (772-873-3441) and follow all OSD procedures.

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to change/alter/add/delete any statement from this syllabus in hopes of creating a more enjoyable/equitable course.