Course Syllabus - Fall 2006

**Course Number:** MATH 3703

**Course Title:** Geometry for Teachers

**Hours Credit:** 3 hours

**Prerequisites:** MATH 2703

**Instructor**: Varies (multiple sections)

**Instructor Office Hours**: Varies (at least 10hrs/week)

**Course Description:** (Non-credit for mathematics major or minor) A continuation of MATH 2703. Special emphasis for teachers of grades P - 8. Logic; real numbers; basic and transformational geometry; measurement, including the metric system; problem solving; methods and material for teaching mathematics at the P - 8 level.

**Topics:** basic notions of geometry; geometry in three-dimensions, polygons, and curves; constructions; congruence; similarity; concepts of measurement in both the English and metric system; area; volume; mass; temperature; and motion geometry

**Text:***A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School
Teachers;* Billstein, Libeskind, & Lott; Addison Wesley Longman; 2004
8th edition

**Learning Outcomes:** Students should be able to demonstrate:

- an understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols of geometry;
- an ability to reason logically and to provide justifications and coherent arguments for the plausibility of conjectures;
- a well-developed spatial sense including both two- and three-dimensional figures (tesselations, symmetry, congruence, similarity, polygons and other curves, polyhedra);
- a better understanding of measurement including the metric system;
- an ability to solve measurement problems involving perimeter, circumference, area, volume, temperature, and mass;
- a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives and other material for the 4 - 8 level;
- an ability to use geometry in real-world problem solving;
- a better understanding of geometry and measurement from a historical perspective;
- a better understanding of coordinate and transformational geometry an emphasis on
- a better understanding of the vision of mathematics education as put forth in NCTM's Principles and Standards(2000); and
- an ability to recognize and develop positive feedback to common misconceptions of elementary and middle grade students.

problem solving;

**Grading Methods:** Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam, Homework; Percentages to
be determined by the instructor.

Grading Scale:

- A= 90-100%
- B= 80-90%
- C= 70-80%
- D= 60-70%
- F= below 60%