Classical and Modern Geometries
Math 323S

Professor Hubert Bray              
189 Math-Physics Building                (919)757-8428 (mobile)

Office Hours:  Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., or by appointment.  Please email me if you are coming after 5:30 p.m. so that I will know not to leave early.

Text:  A Survey of Classical and Modern Geometries by Arthur Baragar.

Objectives:  In this class we will study the geometries of the plane, the sphere, and hyperbolic space.  We will also focus on the historical and axiomatic  development of these three geometries.  Students will also be given opportunities to practice their oral presentation skills.  

Readings and Discussions:  You will be asked to complete regular reading assignments and to be ready to discuss these readings in class.  You are responsible for all of the material whether it is discussed in class or not.  Some problems will be assigned for discussion on the following day.  Students will be randomly asked to present their answers to these problems, so be prepared.  Class attendance will be counted as part of the grade for the course.

Homework:  Assignments will be made weekly.  

Honor Code:  Cooperation on homework is allowed, and the exchange of ideas is encouraged, but copying solutions from others or allowing others to copy from you will be considered a violation of the Honor Code.

Exams:  Two exams will be given, the first on Thursday, October 5, and the second on Tuesday, November 14.  Let me know right away if you have an excused conflict with these dates.  There will not be a final exam.

Projects:  Each student will write a paper and give a 30 minute presentation during the last three weeks of the semester.  The paper is due on the last day of class.  An abstract and outline of your project will be due on Thursday, October 26.

Grade:  The grade for the course will be based on
    1)  20%:  Attendance and class participation
    2)  20%:  Homework
    3)  20%:  Exam #1
    4)  20%:  Exam #2  
    5)  20%:  Presentation and Paper