January 3, 2002
Course Information
Principles of Mathematics, Math 210
Class: 
SC188, MF: 10:4012:00, 1:003:00 

Instructor: 
Martha Wallace 


Office: 
OMH 103 x3408 

Web: 


Email: 


Office Hours: 
After class until 3:30, most days. 
Resources: 
Class Structure
This class is designed to be a cooperative venture in doing and learning mathematics. You will do most of your work in teams of three and will be responsible for promoting the learning of your teammates as well as the rest of your classmates. Much of our class work will entail handson investigations in which you will work with your teammates to discover mathematical relationships. This is not a "professor lectures and students take notes class"  rather it is a cooperative investigation into geometry and mathematical thinking. Attendance and full participation is required at each class session.
Student Responsibilities
Each student will be expected to work both individually and as a team member. Student responsibilities include:
Presentations:
Each person is responsible for working with one or two others to prepare and present a class presentation on some topic connected to symmetry, shape, and space and its relationships to other disciplines. Each presentation will be 3045 minutes long. Presenters should make every attempt to present the topic in an instructive and professional manner using appropriate terminology and illustrations. Presentations will be graded on understanding and communication of content, depth of research, effectiveness of presentation, and evidence of active involvement by all members of the team. Presentations will include a class handout with a summary or outline and a bibliography as well as a more detailed outline for the instructor. Possible topics include:
1.Early History of Geometry
2.Human Interest Stories behind the Development of NonEuclidean Geometry
3.The Life of M. C. Escher
4.Mathematics and Art
5.How Children Learn Geometry
6.Applications of Geometry in art, architecture, building pyramids, …
7.Applications of Symmetry
8.??? (You propose)
Tests and Grading
There will be two examinations on the mathematical content and background information covered in the texts and in class, as well as information in the student presentations. Both tests will include both takehome and inclass components.

Midterm and Final 
55% 

Lab journals and class participation 
15% 

Written and electronic problem solutions 
15% 

Presentation 
15% 