MATH:105:R1 Introductory Topics Fall, 2014
Syllabus
Instructor: Kenneth Brakke
Office: 308 Fisher
Office phone: 4466
Email: brakke@susqu.edu
I will use email to communicate with the class outside of meeting
times, e.g. for homework corrections, hints, etc. So check your
email regularly. When emailing me, be sure to use a good subject
line. Blank subjects, and generic subjects like "question" and
"help" are liable to get eaten by our spam filter. Use a subject
like "Intro Topics homework question".
Office hours: 3:00-4:00 MWF and 1:00-3:00 TTh, officially.
You may drop in anytime I am in my office, which is usually
8:30-5:00 everyday, except for lunch and my other classes
8:45-9:50 MWF and 3:00-4:05 MWF.
You may also make an appointment.
Text: None. There will be handouts and Web material.
Purpose: In general, this course covers topics of the instructor's
choice at a level not needing prerequisites. This particular
incarnation of the course will take Symmetry as its main topic.
We will look at point symmetry, strip symmetry (friezes), plane
symmetry (wallpaper patterns), space symmetry (crystals), and
related topics (e.g. Penrose tilings, fractals).
Grading: Midterm exam 25%
Final exam 40%
Daily homework 25%
Term project 10%
Your final letter grade will be based on your course average,
with the A-B-C-D cutoffs around the traditional 90-80-70-60
marks, but I may adjust that as I see fit.
Homework: There will be daily homework assignments, to be
handed in at the start of class. Each assignment
will be graded.
Project: Each student will do a symmetry project. I suggest that
each student pick a building on campus and construct a
Web page with photos of symmetry patterns in the building
along with explanations of the symmetries.
Final exam: there will be a comprehensive final exam held during the
final class meeting, Friday, Oct. 10.
General:
Roll will not be taken, but frequent absences will be noticed.
You are still subject to the attendence policy in the Student
Handbook.
Policy on cheating: Don't. Studying together to understand the
material is fine, but the work you hand in is to be your own.
See the Student Handbook statement on academic honesty.