College Geometry, MAT 480/680, Spring 2004
This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 480/680, meeting MWF
from 3:30 -- 4:20 in CBC C133. My name is Dr. Arthur
my office is CBC-B 308 and I can be reached at 895-0378.
Important information announced in class will also be posted on this
page (URL listed below). The prerequisite for this course is MAT 181 or
consent of the instructor. To survive in this course, you must also
how to multiply, invert, and take determinants of 2x2 matrices (so you
should have studied some linear algebra -- this is covered in MAT 126
MAT 253 or MAT 330).
Syllabus: This course will cover the following topics of
Survey of Classical and Modern Geometries, by Arthur Baragar,
by Prentice Hall. The website for this text (which includes errata) is
- Chapter 1: Euclidean geometry -- the geometry of triangles
- Chapter 3: Constructions using only a straight-edge and
- Chapter 4: Discovery using Geometer's Sketchpad.
- Chapter 5: Platonic and semi-regular solids.
- Chapter 10: Spherical geometry.
- Chapter 12 and handouts: Hyperbolic geometry (a different
Chapters 6 and 7).
Other Supplies: Please obtain a blank floppy, CD-R, or CD-RW
on which you'll write your Geometer's Sketchpad assignments, or be
to e-mail assignments. PC format is preferred. Mac users are
encouraged to learn how to e-mail assignments. These assignments can be
done on campus computers in CEB 309, CBC-B133, CBC-B322, or at home if
you have a copy of Geometer's Skecthpad. A ruler and compass will also
be required to do some exams. Geometer's Sketchpad is currently
all Clark County School District computers, so you may want your own
Geometer's Skectchpad can be purchased from Key
Curriculum Press for $39.95 plus shipping.
Grading Scheme: This is the grading scheme for this course:
Exams one and two will have an in class component and a take home
Exam three is a take home exam. The take home components are due
the following Monday at the beginning of class. The
scheme for students taking MAT 680 will be slightly different. There is
no preset corelation between numerical grades and letter grades.
A letter grade (without + or -) will be included with the return of
exam and will cover all exams up to then. *** Current grades are now available on WebCT
(as of 3/20). ***
- Homework: 10%.
- Sketchpad assignments: 10%
- Exam one, Friday, February 27th: 15%.
- Exam two, Friday, March 26th: 15%. (Bring a ruler and
- Exam three, Friday, April 30th: 15%.
- Final, Monday, May 10th, 3:10pm: 35%. (Bring a ruler and
compass.) Sample final.
Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me
the office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. If there
is no one in my office during the last half-hour of the office hour, I
will feel free to leave, so please arrive early. Office hours begin the
second week of classes.
Other Important Dates:
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 - 3:10,
- ... or by appointment.
"If you have a documented disability that requires assistance, you
need to go to Disability Services (DS) for coordination in your
accommodations. DS is located within the Learning Enhancement Services
office in the Reynolds Student Services Center, Room 137. The DS phone
number is 702-895-0866, TDD 895-0652." Their website is at www.unlv.edu/studentlife/les.
- Jan 20: Instruction and late registration begin.
- Jan 26: Final date for late registration, course additions,
or fee payment (with late penalty). None of these will be accepted
January 27. Last day to inform me of absences due to
- Feb 16: Presidents' Day recess.
- Mar 26: Final date to drop or withdraw from classes, except
courses (see class schedule).
- April 5-11: Spring Break.
- May 3-7: Study Week.
- May 10-15: Final examinations.
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