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Course topics

Course objectives

Class work

Assignments

This section of MATH 5030 is part of the Writing Intensive Program

Materials needed

The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.

Text: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers , first edition, and the accompanying Class Activities manual by Sybilla Beckmann, published by Addison-Wesley. These can be purchased from the UGA bookstore and other bookstores. Please bring the activity manual to class.

Course topics: Visualization. Angles. Geometric shapes and their properties. Constructions with straightedge and compass. Transformation geometry: reflections, translations, rotations. Symmetry. Congruence. Similarity. Measurement, especially length, area, and volume. Converting measurements. Principles underlying calculations of areas and volumes. Why various area and volume formulas are valid. Area versus perimeter. The behavior of area and volume under scaling.

Course objectives: To strengthen and deepen knowledge and understanding of measurement and basic geometry and how they are used to solve a wide variety of problems. In particular, to strengthen the understanding of and the ability to explain why various procedures and formulas in mathematics work. To strengthen the ability to communicate clearly about mathematics, both orally and in writing. To promote the exploration and explanation of mathematical phenomena. To show that many problems can be solved in a variety of ways.

Class work: This class is part of your preparation as a professional. As a professional, you should engage in collegial discussions about professional practice and you should constantly seek to enhance and refine your professional knowledge. To receive a full participation score, your work in class must consistently exhibit several or all of the following:

• interest in mathematical ideas
• interest in different ways of approaching mathematical ideas
• careful listening to different ways of solving a problem
• careful evaluation of proposed methods of solution
• attempts to connect the course material to your experiences with children and teachers at schools
• attempts to connect the course material to your future teaching
• attempts to connect the course material to the Georgia QCCs the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) (which phases in starting fall 2005 and replaces the QCCs) and to NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
• interest in learning with and from others

Assignments:

There will be regular homework assignments. I encourage you to work on homework assignments with your classmates. Of course, you should always write your homework up on your own, using your own words to express the ideas you have discussed with others. Do not allow anyone to copy your work. When you discuss assignments with others, all partners should "give and take" ideas.

All academic work must meet the standards contained in “A Culture of Honesty.” Students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. The link to more detailed information about academic honesty can be found at: http://www.uga.edu/ovpi/honesty/acadhon.htm In particular, see UGA's Academic Honesty Policy.

Late homework will not be accepted. Please consult with me as soon as possible if you are unable to hand in an assignment due to an illness or emergency.

Writing Intensive Program: This section of MATH 5030 is part of the Writing Intensive Program. The Writing Intensive Program is designed to help courses teach the writing process within various disciplines. Although you have taken English courses on writing, and although these courses will help you with all your writing, mathematical writing has its own special features. In mathematics, we seek coherent, logical explanations, in which the desired conclusion is deduced from starting assumptions. Our graduate assistant, Peter Petrov, has been trained by the Writing Intensive Program to help you learn to write good mathematical explanations. By participating in the Writing Intensive Program we have also learned about ways to use writing to deepen your understanding of the course concepts.

We will grade all your work on a 5.25 point scale, and we will assign points as follows:

 # of points description characteristics 5.25 points exemplary work that could serve as a model for other students 5 points very good correct work that is careful and thorough 4 points competent good, solid work that is largely correct 3 points basic work that has merit but also has significant shortcomings 2 points emerging work that shows effort but is seriously flawed 0 points no credit no work submitted, or no serious effort shown

Grading criteria: We will determine your score on assignments and tests by the extent to which your work meets the following criteria:

• The work is factually correct, or nearly so, with only minor, inconsequential flaws.
• The work addresses the specific question or problem that was posed. It is focused, detailed, and precise. Key points are emphasized. There are no irrelevant or distracting points.
• The work could be used to teach a student: either a child or another college student, whichever is most appropriate.
• The work is clear, convincing, and logical. An explanation should be convincing to a skeptic and should not require the reader to make a leap of faith.
• Clear, complete sentences are used. Mathematical terms and symbols are used correctly. If applicable, supporting pictures, diagrams, and/or equations are used appropriately and as needed.
• The work is coherent.

Your grade will be based on tests, homework, and a comprehensive final exam. I expect to give 2 tests and 2 announced quizes during the semester. I will calculate your course score using the following percentages.

 term tests, 20% each 40% quizzes, 7% each 14% class participation (please see criteria above under class work) 3% homework 15% final exam 28%

Makeup exams or quizzes will not be given. If an exam or quiz is missed due to an illness or emergency, I will calculate a grade for the exam or quiz using a relevant portion of the final exam.

I expect to assign letter grades as follows.

 for scores from up to letter grade 4.6 5.25 A 4 4.6 B 3.5 4 C 2.5 3.5 D below 2.5 F

Materials needed: Please have a calculator available. Please bring your activity manual to class. You may wish to have colored pencils or markers on hand since we will frequently solve problems with the aid of pictures.