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### Mathematics 565, Probability and Geometry

*Spring 2003 Syllabus*

(6/1/03) Happy summer everyone! Final Grades posted. |

**Instructor**. Eric Hsu (erichsu@math.sfsu.edu), 932
Thornton Hall, 415-338-1104. AOL IM: EricHsuSFSU

*Office Hours*. Tu 11:30-12:30, 2:00-3:00 and by appointment.

**Class Home Page**.
http://betterfilecabinet.com/565.html. Announcements, homework
assignments, test schedules, grades and this syllabus are all posted
here.

**Course Objectives**.

- Learn and explore the geometry and probability strands for the elementary curriculum.
- Help you see math as interesting and relevant.
- Help you see yourself as capable of learning mathematics and solving mathematical problems on your own.
- Introduce you to materials to teach content in the geometry and probability strands to elementary school students.
- Convince you that math is not a bunch of formulas to be memorized but problems to solve and patterns to find.

**Textbook**. None. There will be handouts in class.

**Teaching Style and Attendance**. About two-thirds of the time
will be spent on activities in small groups. The other third will be
lecture and discussion. Because of the emphasis on in-class activity,
attendance is mandatory. Missing class without prior notice will cause
damage to your academic experience, your grade, and may cause you to be
dropped from the class roster.

**Earning Points and Grades**. There are a number of ways to earn
points in the course:

- Midterm (15%)
- Final Exam (15%)
- 10 best Homework grades (50%)
- Projects (20%)

Homework and Quizzes.
Assignments will be given out on Thursdays and are due the next Thursday
at the start of class. No late homework will accepted in any case. You
are allowed and encouraged to work on the homework in groups, but you
must write up the solutions in your own words or it will be considered
cheating.

Each Thursday that homework is due, I will select one problem from each homework and I'll ask you to write up an answer for me in class on your own. I will grade the results of this quiz as part of your homework, replacing your original prepared work on the problem. This quiz will happen promptly at the start of the class and should take about ten minutes or less.

**Tests**. There will be one midterm and a comprehensive final
exam. No makeups will be given without prior permission.

**Projects**. Your projects will be investigations of topics in
mathematics. You will put together a learning station for your
classmates. That is, you will bring to class an activity that can be put
on a table and that will describe an activity for your classmates. You
should not have to be present for your classmates to do the activity.
They should learn some mathematics from doing the activity.

You are encouraged to work with one or two other people on your
project. You will all receive the same grade, unless the whole group
feels that is unfair. I will give you more guidance and ideas during the
semester.

**
Religious Holidays**. I will make reasonable accommodations for you
to observe religious holidays when such observances require you to be
absent from class activities. It is your responsibility to inform me
during the first two weeks of the class each semester, in writing, about
such holidays.