Course:SLU MATH 124: Math and Escher - Fall 2010 - Dr. Anneke Bart

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Course Information


  • Class Meets: 12:00 - 12:50 MWF in RH 316
  • Instructor:
  • Prerequisite: 3 years of high school mathematics or Math 120 (College Algebra).


  • 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: 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)


The main text for this course is the Math and the Art of MC Escher online book, at

One traditional textbook is required for the course:

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


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.



  • Mon January 11 Classes Begin
  • Mon January 18 Martin Luther King Day: Official University Holiday
  • Fri January 22 Last day to drop without a "W"



  • Mon-Sat March 1-6 Midterm Exams (There will not necessarily be an exam in Math 124 during this week)
  • Sat-Sun March 13-21 SPRING BREAK
  • Fri March 19 Last day to withdraw from classes


  • Thurs April 1 Holy Thursday: No Undergraduate classes
  • Fri April 2 Good Friday: Official University Holiday
  • Mon April 5 Easter Monday: No Undergraduate Day classes.


  • Mon May 3 Classes End