College Geometry, MATH 480/680, Spring 2008
This is the home page and first day handout for MAT 480/680, meeting MW
from 1:00 to 2:15 in CBC-C117. My name is Dr.
Arthur Baragar, my office is CBC-B 308, and I can be
at 895-0378. Important information announced in class will also
posted on WebCampus.
The prerequisite for this course is MAT 181 or consent of the
instructor. To survive in this course, you must also know how to
and take determinants of 2x2 matrices (so you should have studied some
linear algebra -- this is covered in MAT 126 and MAT 253 or MAT 330).
Syllabus: This course will cover the following topics of
Text: A Survey of
Classical and Modern Geometries, by Arthur Baragar, published
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
view from Chapters 6 and 7).
Other Details: Sketchpad assignments will be handed in
electronically. The prefered format is by email through
WebCampus, and in one file (I'll explain how to do this when the time
comes). If working in Windows, I can accept a CD-R or CD-RW,
memory stick or memory card, or a floppy. Unfortunately,
Sketchpad assignments done on a Mac and stored on PC formatted memory
are not readable by a PC version of Sketchpad (but emailed assignments
are readable -- go figure).
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 is currently on all Clark County
School District computers, so you may want your own copy (or maybe not
-- once in the school system, you can get a copy for home through the
District's site license). A student version of Geometer's
Sketchpad can be purchased from Key Curriculum Press for
$39.95 plus shipping.
A ruler and compass will also be required to do some exams.
Grading Scheme: This is the grading scheme for this course:
Exams one and two will have an in class component and a take home
component. Exam three is a take home exam. The take home
components are 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 corelation 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
- Homework: 10%.
- Sketchpad assignments: 10%
- Exam one, Wednesday, February 27th: 17%.
- Exam two, Wednesday, April 2nd: 17%. (Bring a ruler
- Exam three, Wednesday, April 30th: 16%.
- Final, Monday, May 12th, 1pm -- 3pm: 30%. (Bring a ruler
Special Circumstance: I
plan to attend a conference May 12th -- 16th. Consequently,
someone else will proctor the final and I will not begin grading it
until May 17th.
Office Hours: If you need to see me, please look for me
office hours posted below, or please make an appointment. Office hours
the second week of classes.
I expect to be around almost every Monday and Wednesday morning, so
those would be good times to make last minute appointments. I
should also be able to handle quick questions between 2:15 and
2:30. I teach in CBC-C114 at 2:30.
Other Important Dates: (See the UNLV
calendar for more details.)
- Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 am -- 11:45am, 4:00 pm -- 4:45 pm.
- ... or by appointment.
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campus community; all share in upholding the fundamental values of
honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism.
By choosing to join the UNLV community, students accept the
expectations of the Academic Misconduct Policy and are encouraged when
faced with choices to always take the ethical path. Students enrolling
in UNLV assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner
compatible with UNLV’s function as an educational institution.”
- January 22nd: Instruction and late registration begin.
- January 28th: Final date for late registration, course
additions, changes, or fee payment (with late penalty). Last
day to inform me of absences due to religious holidays. Last
day to drop
a course without it showing up on transcripts.
- February 18th: Presidents' Day recess.
- March 16th -- 22nd: Spring Break recess.
- April 4th: Final date to drop or withdraw from classes
(except short courses).
- May 5th -- 10th: Study Week.
- May 12th -- 17th: Final examinations.
An example of academic misconduct is plagiarism: “Using the words or
ideas of another, from the internet or any source, without proper
citation of the sources.” See the “Student Academic Misconduct Policy”
(approved December 9, 2005, located at http://studentlife.unlv.edu/judicial/misconductPolicy.html).
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subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal
liability, as well as disciplinary action under University policies. To
familiarize yourself with copyright and fair use policies, you are
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Disability Resource Center (DRC)
– The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and Faculty
Senate have endorsed the following statement to be included in all
course syllabi. [NOTE: Over two-thirds of the students in the DRC
reported that the syllabus statement, often read aloud by the faculty
during class, directed them to the DRC office.]
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accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The DRC is
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students, and to provide them with an official Academic Accommodation
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