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* Monday: Introduction to the course; First topic is "Symmetry" <br>
 
* Monday: Introduction to the course; First topic is "Symmetry" <br>
 
* Wednesday: Do the [[Symmetry of Stars and Polygons Exploration]] and [[Rozette Symmetry Groups with Kali Exploration]].
 
* Wednesday: Do the [[Symmetry of Stars and Polygons Exploration]] and [[Rozette Symmetry Groups with Kali Exploration]].
* Friday: [[Rotational and Reflectional Symmetry in Escher’s Sketches]]
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* Friday: [[Rotational and Reflectional Symmetry in Escher’s Sketches]] and [[Symmetry, Escher and Architecture Exploration]]
  
 
'''On Friday Homework #1 is due:'''
 
'''On Friday Homework #1 is due:'''

Revision as of 07:04, 28 August 2009

Course Information

General

  • Class Meets: MWF 9:00-9:50 in RH 316
  • Instructor:
    • Anneke Bart (http://math.slu.edu/~bart)
    • Office: Ritter Hall 115
    • Office Hours: MW 1-2 and Tue 9-10 or by appointment.
    • Email: barta@slu.edu
  • Prerequisite: 3 years of high school mathematics or Math 120 (College Algebra).

Grading

  • Attendance is required. You will have in-class work to be done in groups. One unexcused absence is allowed. Six absences will cause you to lose two letter grades. I only excuse absences when presented with official documentation. Being late twice or leaving early counts as an absence.
  • Homework will be due weekly. Your work should be neat, legible, and stapled. Cooperation is good, but write up results separately. Late homework is always accepted, but I will not write comments and will automatically give a score of 5 (out of 10) if the work is of reasonable quality.
  • Exams. I give makeup exams only for severe and documented reasons.
    • Exam 1: TBA
    • Exam 2: TBA
    • Final: Monday December 14. Time: 8:00 - 9:50. Place: RH 316
  • Grading is on a straight scale, with 90%,80%,70%,60% guaranteeing A,B,C,D. Grading is weighted as follows:
    • Exams: two @15% each
    • Homework and in-class work: 20%
    • Tessellation Project: 10%
    • Cathedral Poster Assignment: 10%
    • Final: 30% (the final is comprehensive)

Textbooks

The main text for this course is the Math and the Art of MC Escher online book, at http://math.slu.edu/escher

One traditional textbook is required for the course:

  • D. Schattschneider, Visions of Symmetry. H. Abrams 2004. (The paperback 1990 edition is also acceptable).


Honesty

Students are expected to be honest in their academic work, as per the Honesty Policy of the College of Arts & Sciences. Plagiarism, cheating and dishonesty will be reported to the dean and may result in probation, expulsion, or worse.

Schedule

This tentative schedule will give you some idea of what topics to expect. As the course develops, adjustments will be made if necessary.

Week 1: Introduction, Symmetry

August 24 - 28

On Friday Homework #1 is due: Read Visions of Symmetry pg. 1-15.
Read M.C. Escher and Introduction_to_Symmetry.
Do Rosette Exercises # 1-5, 8-12, 14

Week 2: Symmetry, Isometries, and Frieze Patterns

August 31 - September 4


(Fri September 4 Last day to drop without a "W")

Week 3: Frieze Patterns and Intro to Wallpaper Patterns

September 7 - 11

  • Monday: Labor Day: Official University Holiday

Week 4: Wallpaper Patterns

September 14 - 18

Week 5: Tessellations and Isometries

September 21 - 25

Week 6: Escher-like Tessellations and Geometer Sketchpad

September 28 - October 2

Week 7: Tessellations with Sketchpad

October 5 - 9

Week 8: Art Project Assignment and intro to Spherical Geometry

October 12 - 16

(October 12-17 Midterm Exams - Note: we do not necessarily have an exam this week)

Week 9: Spherical Geometry

October 19 - 23

  • Monday: Fall Break

Week 10: Spherical Geometry

October 26 - 30

(Fri October 30 Last Day to Withdraw)

Week 11: Spherical Geometry

November 2 - 6

Week 12: Hyperbolic Geometry

November 9 - 13

Week 13: Hyperbolic Geometry

November 16 - 20

Week 14: Depth and Perspective

November 23 - 27

  • Monday:
  • Wednesday: Thanksgiving: Official University Holiday
  • Friday: Thanksgiving: Official University Holiday

Week 15: Fractals and Impossible Figures

November 30 - December 4

Week 16: Review for Final

  • Monday December 7: Last Day of Class and Review