Math 131 - Mathematics for teaching: Geometry and measurement

Fall 2017 - Lecture 002

Office: 418 Van Vleck
Office Hours: Mondays 2:30-3:30 and Tuesdays 3:30-4:30, or by appointment.
Changhun's office Hours: Mondays 3:30-4:30 and Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 at 520 Van Vleck
Email: moises at math dot wisc dot edu
Time and place:
MW 4:45-6:00 in B215 Van Vleck

Course information

Basic course information can be found here.

Homeworks

Course supervisor

Oh Hoon Kwon - kwon at math dot wisc dot edu

Textbook Information

Main textbook

Thomas Parker/Scott Baldridge: Elementary Geometry for Teachers (This is the primary textbook, others are used for homework only)

Homework textbooks

Copies from these books will be provided if needed

1. Primary Math 3B Textbook (U.S. Edition)
2. Primary Math 4A Textbook (U.S. Edition) (copies of needed pages from this book will be provided in class)
3. Primary Math 5A Textbook (U.S. Edition) (copies of needed pages from this book will be provided in class)
4. Primary Math 5B Textbook (U.S. Edition)
5. Primary Math 6B Textbook (U.S. Edition)
6. New Elementary Math Textbook 1

Homework (200 points): Weekly
Exam 1 (100 points): October 11th in class
Exam 2 (125 points): November 15th in class
Exam 3 (125 points): This is on the day of the final set by the university. It's December 20th, 7:25-9:25 pm.
Total: 550 Possible Points

93% - 100%: A
90% - 92%: AB
83% - 89%: B
80% - 82%: BC
70% - 79%: C
60% - 69%: D
0% - 59%: F

Under an unusual circumstance, this may change, but only in a favorable direction.

Your final accumulative grade will be rounded up only. For example, both 92.3% and 92.7% will be rounded up to 93%.

Homework Policy

• Homework is the most essential part of this course. It's about 36% of your total grade.
• Homework will be posted in the course webpage.
• We expect to collect about 11~12 homework throughout the semester, each equally weighted.
• Your 2 lowest scores will be dropped from the final grade. Only top 9 or 10 homework scores will count toward the final grade (depending on whether there's 11 or 12 total).
• Homework is collected weekly on Wednesdays. Homework is posted during the week before is collected.
• Homework is collected in class only.
• Half of the homework grade is based on completion and the other half is based on correctness.
• Solutions to some problems will be provided.
• Every written homework must be legible and all the necessary steps have to be written out and justified. Remember I can only grade based on what is written. For example, a work that has a clear explanation with minor mistakes will usually receive a better grade than a work with the correct final answer but no step shown in between.
• Citation is required if you have collaborated with someone or used some external help (internet, for example) other than your instructor. You are allowed to collaborate, but everyone must submit an individually written homework.
• A use of ruler, colored pens, protractor, and/or compass is highly encouraged.

Homework will be handed back in class the Monday after it is due. You are responsible for checking your homework/exam grades regularly on learnUW. You must submit all your regrade requests within a week from receiving graded materials. After that, your grade is final and is not subject to change.

Contacting me

For anything regarding the course, you can contact me at my email above. If you write MATH 131 in the header it would be appreciated, as it will help me not miss the email. Please do not ask math questions by email: it is messy and helps no one. Finally, in compliance with FERPA I will never discuss grades via email. For any of these reasons we can schedule a meeting if the time for the office hours doesn't work for you.

Exam information

• There will be three exams throughout the semester.
• Exams are not cumulative. However, a good understanding of the previous material is crucial in order to understand more advanced materials.
• Since each exam covers different materials, there is no drop. If you need to take an alternate exam, contact the instructor as soon as possible.
• For the final exam (=exam 3), an alternate exam can be given only if you are qualified under the rules set up by the university. Please contact the course supervisor to see if you would qualify for an alternate final exam. Please do it so in advance. This rule applies for all math 13X courses.
• There is no makeup for exams unless one has an emergency. Please note that any such emergency should be verified through Dean of Students office
• In exams 1 and 2, you will have the chance to get back 25% of the points you missed by redoing the problems you got wrong and handing them in.
• The library website has exams from previous semesters.

Special needs

If you have your McBurney Visa, please inform me even if you would not need any special accommodation. You are welcome to set up a private appointment for this. Any special accommodation needs 2 weeks advance notice.

Cheating will not be tolerated under any circumstance. Please refer to academic integrity under the Dean of Students Office.

Statement of inclusivity

As a diverse group, the Mathematics Department strives to foster an open and supportive community in which to conduct research, to teach, and to learn. In accordance with these beliefs and ยง 36.12 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Mathematics Department affirms that all community members are to be treated with dignity and respect and that discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated. We further commit ourselves to making the department a supportive, inclusive, and safe environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, parental status, or any other aspect of identity.

To all members of our community, we, the members of the Department of Mathematics, welcome you.

If you see room for improvement in an aspect of climate or diversity within the Mathematics Department, please contact Gloria Mari-Beffa (Department Chair) or Jordan Ellenberg (Math Department Climate Committee).

Other resources

You can find a very useful list of resources, such as the Math tutorial program in here.