MATH 3703

Course Name: Geometry for Teachers

Office Number: 311 Boyd Bldg.

Instructor: Dr. Nydia Powell

Office Hours: M W F 2:00-4:00 pm;

T R  10:00 am-1:00 pm or by appointment


Telephone: O: 770-836-3507


Course Objectives: Students will demonstrate:

  1. a better understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols of elementary mathematics;  (G3)
  2. an ability to reason logically and to provide justifications and coherent arguments for the plausibility of conjectures; (G3)
  3. an ability to use geometry in real-world problem solving; (G3)
  4. well-developed spatial sense including both two- and three-dimensional figures (tessellations, symmetry, congruence, similarity, polygons and other curves, polyhedra); (G3)
  5. a better understanding of geometry and measurement from a historical perspective; (G3)
  6. a better understanding of measurement including the metric system; (G3)
  7. an ability to solve measurement problems involving perimeter, circumference, area, volume, temperature, and mass; (G3)
  8. a better understanding of synthetic, coordinate, and transformational geometry with an emphasis on problem solving; (G3)
  9. a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives and other materials for the P-8 level; (G3)
  10. a better understanding of the vision of mathematics education as put forth in NCTM's Principles and Standards (2000); (G3)
  11. a better understanding of the scope and sequence of elementary school mathematics programs; (G3)
  12. a knowledge of current professional literature in the field of mathematics education. (G3)

Text: A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc. Eighth Ed., 2004. Authors: Billstein, Libeskind, Lott.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. This term a student may withdraw with a grade of W through October 9, 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


Test 1

100 points

Test 2

100 points

Test 3

100 points

Test 4

100 points


150 points


150 points

Total Possible

700 points

Grading Policy: A (630- 700 pts), B (560 - 629 pts), C (490- 559 pts), D (420 - 489 pts), F (0 - 419 pts)

Suggested Problems:  Problems will be suggested at the end of each session.  It is strongly recommended that the student stay current with the suggested problems, for they will facilitate the understanding of the lessons being presented in the text.  If you have questions concerning the  suggested problems, you should see the instructor during office hours.  Class time is not a problem-solving session.

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.

Individual Accommodations:  Students requiring individual educational accommodations should discuss their needs with the instructor within the first week of class.

Conduct and Academic Integrity: It is expected that students be familiar with the Student Conduct Code, Disciplinary Procedures, and Disciplinary Sanctions in the Student Handbook.  Cheating and/or any conduct that disturbs or disrupts the classroom, the instructor, or the students WILL NOT be tolerated. Any evidence that may show otherwise will be reported; appropriate actions will be taken, and consequences will result.  If you are caught cheating on the project, tests, or final exam, you will receive an F or the course.

Pagers and Cell Phones:  Students are not allowed to carry pagers and cell phones in the classroom unless they are set to an inaudible setting.