Course:SLU MATH 124: Math and Escher - Fall 2008 - Dr. Anneke Bart

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General Information

Class Time: MWF 9:00 am - 9:50 am

Where:

Contact Information: • Office: Ritter Hall 115 • Email: barta@slu.edu • Phone: (314) 977-2852

Books:

  • M.C. Escher: Visions of Symmetry by D. Schattschneider. W.H. Freeman and Company (1990)
  • Flatland: A romance of many dimensions by E.A. Abbott, Dover Publ. (1992).


Prerequisite: 3 years of high school mathematics or MT A 120 (College Algebra).


Course Goals

  1. Develop an intuitive understanding of geometry by looking at examples and applications in art (mainly Escher’s work, but also some other modern artists).
  2. Develop a thorough understanding of the concepts and techniques of geometry.
  3. Further develop the ability to apply your knowledge of geometry to solve unfamiliar problems.
  4. (Further) develop skills for working effectively with others on mathematics problems.


Grading:

  • Two exams – 15% each
  • Tessellation Project – 10%
  • Basilica Cathedral Fieldtrip - 10%
  • Saint Louis Museum Fieldtrip - 8%
  • Homework, in-class work, attendance – 20%
  • Final – 25%

Final:

Grades: 93-100 A, 89-92 A-, 86-88 B+, 82-85 B, 80-81 B- 77-79 C+, 70-76 C, 60-69 D, 0-59 F


Curve: I do not technically grade on a curve, but your work will of course be compared to that of your classmates, and even to students who have taken the class before you. To give an example: when evaluating answers that require an explanation, I will collect all the answers I consider “A-level” and then rank them. If the question is worth 20 points, an A is somewhere between 18 and 20 points. The best answers will receive 20 points, the next best group will receive 19 points, and the others 18. They are all awarded an A, but the best answers receive a few more points. If someone writes answers that are truly excellent, then I will award extra credit.

How to do well: Attendance and participation is extremely important. Missing class regularly causes students quite a bit of trouble. It is very hard to make up this material on ones own.


Further Information: See complete Syllabus.

Homework and Reading Assignments

Schedule

Week 1 (Aug 25 - Aug 29)

Week 2 (Sep 1 - Sep 5)

Week 3 (Sep 8 - Sep 12)

Week 4 (Sep 15 - Sep 19)

Week 5 (Sep 22 - Sep 26)

Week 6 (Sep 29 - Oct 3)

Week 7 (Oct 6 - Oct 10)

Week 8 (Oct 13 - Oct 17)

Week 9 (Oct 20 - Oct 24)

Week 10 (Oct 27 - Oct 31)

Week 11 (Nov 3 - Nov 7)

Week 12 (Nov 10 - Nov 14)

Week 13 (Nov 17 - Nov 21)

Week 14 (Nov 24 - Nov 28)

Week 15 (Dec 1 - Dec 5)