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MATH 211  SPRING 2008 Section 001: 8:009:00, MWF, Swart 3 Section 003: 12:401:40, MWF, Swart 4 Section 004: 1:202:50, TR, Swart 240 Course Outline & Goals In this course we will learn geometry by doing geometry. This course is a content course. We will discuss such topics as constructions, polygons, polyhedra, tessellations, symmetry, rigid motions, patterns, and measurement. We will discuss topics that are intended to increase your mathematical awareness and to help you become effective geometry teachers at the elementary level. Our approach will focus on problem solving. As future teachers you need to fine tune your problem solving skills. Successful students will investigate, question, and form conjectures. Reasoning, making arguments, and writing about mathematics will also be important. Students should gain an appreciation for the beauty, the importance, and the necessity of the teaching and the learning of mathematics. Another goal for the course is for students to become more confident in undertaking large problems and in assessing the quality of their arguments independently (of the instructor). ^ You will need to spend extra time simply understanding what a problem is asking. Some problems will require you to collect data from several examples, or to investigate the definitions of concepts in detail. You will need to visualize geometrical objects both in the plane and in three dimensions. In addition, I hope you continue to develop: (1) effective written and oral communication skills; (2) skills related to critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity; (3) the ability to understand symbol systems and use quantitative methods; and (4) inductive and deductive reasoning skills. Class time will be a combination of problem solving, group activities, minilecture, and large group discussions. Students will be expected to present solutions to problems and to make conjectures and arguments. Be ready to participate! There is usually a strong correlation between attendance, participation, and grades. I use D2L to post announcements, record grades, and allow for student discussions. It is a valuable experience to learn from others. You should check D2L regularly especially if you are absent from class as I try to post what classroom activities occurred. Instructor: Michael (“Mike”) Skowronski Office: Swart 233 ^ 4247347 (or 4241333, math department and leave a message) Email: skowrons@uwosh.edu (best way to reach me) Office Hours: If you need other times than those listed, please schedule an appointment. M: 9:1010:10, 11:3012:30 T: 9:3011:20 W: 9:1010:10, 11:3012:30 R: 9:3011:20 F: 9:1010:10, 11:3012:30 Text: ^ , by Carol Seaman and Jennifer Szydlik. Materials: Compass, protractor, scissors and straightedge; tracing paper and graph/grid paper (I will tell you when we will need these items). Assessment: You grade will be determined using a point system. I will calculate your grade by dividing the total points earned by the total number of points for the course. ^ A: 94 – 100 AB: 90 – 93 B: 83 – 89 BC: 77 – 82 C: 68 – 76 D: 60 – 67 F: 0 – 59 You are expected to attend all classes! If you are absent due to extenuating circumstances, it is your responsibility to get in touch with me as soon as possible. You can always check D2L or contact me via email for current assignments, due dates, and announcements you may have missed. ^ There will be 3 exams, each worth 100 points. The dates are as follows: WEEK OF 3/3 – Thursday or Friday WEEK OF 4/14 – Thursday or Friday WEEK OF 5/12 – Wednesday or Thursday Assignments It is important that you read the text and other materials assigned. You should read about a topic ahead of the classroom activities that support it. This allows to be prepared to assimilate what is presented and gives you the opportunity to ask questions about ideas you struggled with in the reading. After each class, you should go back through the sections covered and review. Approximately every two weeks you will have a written assignment to turn in for a grade. Problem solutions must be complete and well organized, with the mathematics explained. Guidelines for these written assignments will be presented to you later. The “why does this solution make sense?” question must always be addressed. You are highly encouraged to work together on written assignments. Work together, learn from each other, discuss the problems and concepts, and investigate proposed solutions. Use D2L as a discussion forum. Post questions, comments, and hints. However, you then need to be able to write up solutions in your own words. If you choose to work as a group, it is your responsibility to ensure that each member contributes a reasonable share of the workload and that each member understands the final solution. All students in a particular group will receive the same grade for the assignment. There will be group projects assigned during the semester. These will need to be completed according to guidelines that will be provided. These projects will differ from other written assignments in the following ways: they are required to be done in groups; they are problems that require more in depth investigation, the writeup requirements are more extensive, and one hour of class time will be provided. Mathematics is not a spectator sport! Mathematics requires work, practice, reflection, and concentration. Expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week outside of class engaged in the marvels of geometry. Final Remarks I encourage you to visit me during office hours. We can discuss your concerns, homework assignments, quizzes and exams, or teaching in general. My time is your time during office hours and appointments to fit your schedule are always a possibility. Take advantage of email. I will always respond to your emails. If you take the time to compose an email you deserve a response. I check and answer email every day. I look forward to getting to know each of you. I look forward to a wonderful semester of geometry! 