Math 131 - Mathematics for teaching: Geometry and measurement

Fall 2017 - Lecture 002

Instructor: Moisés Herradón Cueto
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.

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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

Grading Scheme

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

Grade book

Your grade book is accessible on Canvas.

Final Grading scale

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

Regrading policy

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

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.

Academic Integrity

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.