College Geometry, MATH 480/680, Summer Session 3, 2013

This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 480/680, meeting MTWRF from 9:40 to 11:10 in CBC-C146.  My name is Dr. Arthur Baragar, my office is CDC 1016, and I can be reached at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also be posted on WebCampus. The prerequisite for this course is MAT 181 or consent of the instructor. You should also know how to multiply, invert, and take determinants of 2x2 matrices (so you should have studied some linear algebra -- this is covered in MAT 126 and MAT 330).

Syllabus: This course will cover the following topics of geometry:


Text:  A Survey of Classical and Modern Geometries, by Arthur Baragar, published by Prentice Hall. The website for this text (which includes errata) is at

Other Details:  Sketchpad assignments will be handed in electronically.  The preferred format is by email through WebCampus, and in one file (I'll explain how to do this when the time comes).  

Sketchpad 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.  Geometer's Sketchpad was developed by Key Curriculum Press and is now distributed by McGraw Hill Educational.  One year student licenses are $9.95.

A ruler and compass will also be required to do some exams.  

Grading Scheme:

Exam one will have an in class component and a take home component, which is due the following Monday at the beginning of class. The grading scheme for students taking MAT 680 will be slightly different. There is no preset correlation between numerical grades and letter grades.  A letter grade (without + or -), a report card, if you like, will be posted on WebCampus after every exam.  Sample exams will be posted on WebCampus.

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