MATH325: Foundations of Geometry

Section 001: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15, Science 260
Instructor: Heidi Burgiel,
Tentative Office Hours: Science 453. Monday 2-3, Wednesday 10-11, Thursday 11-12 and by appointment.
Required Materials:

Description: In this course, students will broaden their understanding of Euclidean geometry; study finite geometries, geometric transformations and non-Euclidean geometries; write geometric proofs; construction problems; and apply geometric concepts to real-world situations.

Objective: To instill in future teachers a profound understanding of the fundamental concepts of geometry.


Grades for the course will be recorded on the course web site and computed on a curve. The final grade will be determined as follows:
Final exam: Tuesday, December 15, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Science 260

Quizzes: There will be a quiz on each chapter for a total of about 4 quizzes. This may mean that there is a quiz during the last week of class and a cumulative final during the final exam period. Quizzes may include group work.

There will be no make-up quizzes. Instead, you will have the option to rework the problems on and resubmit one quiz at the end of the semester. Students who miss more than one quiz should consider dropping the class or applying for a grade of incomplete.

Homework: Homework will be assigned every class, but will rarely be collected. The purpose of the homework is to prepare you for work in class; if you have not completed the homework, you will be less able to aid your group in classwork and may receive a lower group participation grade.

Project: In the last third of the semester your group will be assigned a project to write up and present. Your grade may be affected by peer evaluations of your contributions to this project.

Group Participation: Much of the classwork will be done in groups; many of the students in this class are future teachers who will benefit from experiencing this model of instruction. You will be evaluated by your group mates based on a rubric posted on the course web site. The lowest of the three resulting grades will be dropped.

Class Participation: My goal in teaching this class is to engage students in thinking about geometry. You can help by asking questions, explaining things to your peers, and participating in discussions. Please use common courtesy: turn cell phones off, refrain from discussing subjects other than mathematics, and if you must leave early please try to notify me in advance.

Activators and Tickets To Leave: These are daily mini-quizzes used to assess your understanding of the homework, set the stage for a day's work, or sum up what you've learned in class. They are leniently graded on a scale of 0 to 3. These cannot be made up, but at the end of the semester I drop the lowest 3 grades.

Office hours: I will be available in Science 453 during these hours for consultation on a first-come-first-served basis. You do not need an appointment in advance. Please also feel free to email me, talk to me after class, or schedule an appointment outside of office hours.

Academic conduct: It is important to fairly recognize others' contributions to your work. Failure to properly cite your sources or other unethical behavior will be dealt with according to BSU's Academic Integrity and Classroom Conduct policy.

Students with Disabilities: The Disability Resoruces office is located on teh ground floor of Maxwell Library. If you have a diagnosed disability which will make it difficult for you to carry out the course work please contact me during the first two weeks of class to discuss reasonable accommodations.

Math Services: Math Services provides free tutoring on a walk-in basis. It is located on the ground floor of Maxwell Library.