MATH 3703

Course Name: Geometry for Teachers Office Number: 322 Boyd Bldg.
Instructor: Dr. Angela Barlow Office Hours: M W F 10:00 - 12:00
E-mail: abarlow@westga.edu Telephone: O: 770-836-4352 H: 770-836-5202
Webpage: www.westga.edu/~abarlow/

Course Objectives: Students will demonstrate:

  1. a better understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols of elementary mathematics;
  2. an ability to reason logically and to provide justifications and coherent arguments for the plausibility of conjectures;
  3. an ability to use geometry in real-world problem solving;
  4. well-developed spatial sense including both two- and three-dimensional figures (tessellations, symmetry, congruence, similarity, polygons and other curves, polyhedra);
  5. a better understanding of geometry and measurement from a historical perspective;
  6. a better understanding of measurement including the metric system;
  7. an ability to solve measurement problems involving perimeter, circumference, area, volume, temperature, and mass;
  8. a better understanding of synthetic, coordinate, and transformational geometry with an emphasis on problem solving;
  9. an ability to develop lesson plans for the 4-8 level;
  10. a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives and other materials for the 4-8 level;
  11. a better understanding of the vision of mathematics education as put forth in NCTM's Principles and Standards (2000);
  12. a better understanding of the scope and sequence of elementary school mathematics programs;
  13. a knowledge of current professional literature in the field of mathematics education.
Text: A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc. Seventh Ed., 2001. Authors: Billstein, Libeskind, Lott.
Evaluation:

Test 1 100 points
Test 2 100 points
Test 3 100 points
Test 4 100 points
Project 100 points
Final 150 points
Total Possible 650 points
Grading Policy: A (585 - 650 pts), B (520 - 584 pts), C (455 - 519 pts), D (390 - 454 pts), F (0 - 389 pts)

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. This term a student may withdraw with a grade of W through October 10th, regardless of grades, absences, etc. This deadline has been established by the University. After this deadline, if a student has accumulated more than four absences throughout the semester, he/she will normally receive a grade of WF. (A grade of WF counts as an F.) The four absences should be saved for sickness and other emergencies. Late arrivals and early exits count one-half of an absence. If a student is absent for a test and has an excuse from someone in authority, then the final exam grade will be used for the missed test in the calculation of the final course grade. No make-ups will be given. Students who maintain a perfect attendance record (i.e. no excused or unexcused absences) will have 6 points added to their Total Points at the end of the semester

Conferences: Conferences can be beneficial and are encouraged. All conferences should occur during the instructor's office hours, whenever possible. If these hours conflict with a student's schedule, then appointments should be made. The conference time is not to be used for duplication of lectures that were missed; it is the student's responsibility to obtain and review lecture notes before consulting with the instructor. The instructor is very concerned about the student's achievement and well-being and encourages anyone having difficulties with the course to come by the office for extra help. Grades will be based on coursework, not on Hope Grant needs, GPA, or any other factors outside the realm of coursework.

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