Campus:Ohio University, Athens Campus
Academic Year:2012 - 2013
Term:Spring Semester
Course:Math 3110
Title:College Geometry
Section:101 (Class Number 3451)
Instructor:Mark Barsamian
Contact Information:My contact information is posted on my web page.
Office Hours:My office hours are posted on my web page.

Class Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:55pm - 1:50pm in Morton 222

Course Description: We will begin with an introduction to axiom systems and axiomatic geometry. Then we will consider plane Euclidean geometry from an axiomatic viewpoint.

Prerequisites: (3050 Discrete Math or CS 3000), (3200 Applied Linear Algebra or 3210 Linear Algebra)

Textbook Information
What is it? The textbook is two volumes, spiral bound in yellow covers.
  • Volume 1 is pages 1 - 270 and contains Chapters 1 - 12.
  • Volume 2 is pages 271 - 306 and contains Chapters 13 and 14 (the appendices).
The reason for binding the textbook in two volumes is that Volume 2 is used as a reference on quizzes and exams.
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Is it required?The printed book is required for students in MATH 3110 Section 101.
Where do you get it?Beginning on Monday, February 18, 2013, the book will be available at Minuteman Press, 17 W. Washington Street, Athens (next to Donkey Coffee), (740) 593-7393.
Cost?The two-volume set costs $26.47, including tax.
What do you ask for?Tell them that you need the MATH 3110 packet.
Online version:There is an online version of the text at the following link: (Geometry.Textbook) But students in MATH 3110 Section 101 will still need to purchase the printed book when it comes out.
There are typos and mistakes in the book, just as there are in any book. I would be very grateful if you point them out to me, so that I can fix them for next year's printing of the book. Please notify me of typos and mistakes by sending me an e-mail with "Geometry Book Mistake" as the subject line. I will reply to your e-mail and will tell you if you are the first student to find a particular typo or mistake. If you are the first, then you will earn a point. At the end of the quarter, the student with the most points will win $15. Second place wins $10.

Special Needs: If you have physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities that require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible so that your needs may be appropriately met.

Grading: During the semester, you will accumulate points:

Quizzes (best 8 of 12 quizzes, 20 points each):160 points possible
In-Class Exams (best 3 of 4 exams, 180 points each):540 points possible
Cumulative Final Exam:300 points possible
Total:1000 points possible

At the end of the semester, your Total will be converted to your Course Grade:

Total ScorePercentageGradeInterpretation
900 - 100090% - 100%AYou mastered all concepts, with no significant gaps
850 - 89985% - 89.9%A-
800 - 84980% - 84.9%B+You mastered all essential concepts and many advanced concepts, but have some significant gaps.
750 - 79975% -79.9%B
700 - 74970% - 74.9%B-
650 - 69965% - 69.9%C+You mastered most essential concepts and some advanced concepts, but have many significant gaps.
600 - 64960% - 64.9%C
550 - 59955% - 59.9%C-
400 - 43940% - 54.9%DYou mastered some essential concepts.
0 - 3990% - 39.9%FYou did not master essential concepts.

Course Structure: One learns math primarily by trying to solve problems. This course is designed to provide structure for you as you learn to solve problems, and to test how well you have learned to solve them. This structure is provided in the following ways.

Schedule and Attendance: The tentative schedule is shown below. The schedule is only tentative. Class topics and quiz dates may change as the semester proceeds. Attendance is required. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to copy a classmate’s notes and study them. I will not use office hours to teach topics discussed in class to students who were absent

Outside Activities: A university offers many opportunities in addition to courses, and I encourage you to take advantage of these. But be careful about taking on activities that conflict with class meetings or interfere with your studying. And beware of terms like "Approved Ohio University Activities". Those terms simply refer to activities that are run by Ohio University departments or organizations. The fact that an activity is run by an Ohio University department or organization does not mean that it is somehow a substitute for class time or class work. This course is designed so that if you read the textbook, do the online homework, attend lectures, and take the exams, you will have a very good chance of getting a good grade. Any outside activity that interferes with your attendance or your studying for this class will affect your performance on homework and exams and will thus affect your course grade. If you are taking part in an "Approved Ohio University Activity" that will cause you to miss class, it is important that you discuss this absence with me in advance to determine whether or not you will be eligible to make-up an exam that may be scheduled on that day. I will never offer a make-up exam for an activity-related absence that was not discussed with me in advance.

Final Exam: This course has a cumulative final exam.

Tentative Schedule: The schedule may need to be changed as the semester progresses, either because of weather delays or because of changes in the pace of the lectures.

WeekDatesClass topics (TENTATIVE)
1 Mon Jan 14Start Chapter 1: Axiom Systems
Wed Jan 16 
Fri Jan 18(Quiz 1)
2Mon Jan 21Holiday: No Class
Wed Jan 23Start Chapter 2: Axiomatic Geometries
Fri Jan 25(Quiz 2)
3Mon Jan 28 
Wed Jan 30Armed Fugitive
Fri Feb 1In-Class Exam 1 on Chapters 1 and 2
4Mon Feb 4Start Chapter 3: Neutral Geometry I: Axioms of Incidence and Distance
Wed Feb 6 
Fri Feb 6(Quiz 3)
5Mon Feb 11Start Chapter 4: Neutral Geometry II: The Separation Axiom
Wed Feb 13 
Fri Feb 15(Quiz 4)
6Mon Feb 18Start Chapter 5: Neutral Geometry III: Angle Measurement
Wed Feb 20 
Fri Feb 22In-Class Exam 2 on Chapters 3, 4, 5
7Mon Feb 25Start Chapter 6: Neutral Geometry IV: The Axiom of Triangle Congruence
Wed Feb 27 
Fri Mar 1(Quiz 5)
8Mon Mar 4Spring Break
Wed Mar 6Spring Break
Fri Mar 8Spring Break
9Mon Mar 11 
Wed Mar 13 
Fri Mar 15(Quiz 6)
10Mon Mar 18Start Chapter 7: Neutral Geometry V: Circles
Wed Mar 20(Quiz 7)
Fri Mar 22(Quiz 8)
11Mon Mar 25 
Wed Mar 27In-Class Exam 3 on Chapters 6 and 7
Fri Mar 29Start Chapter 8 Euclidean Geometry I: Triangles
12Mon Apr 1 
Wed Apr 3(Quiz 9)
Fri Apr 5 
13Mon Apr 8Start Chapter 9 Euclidean Geometry II: Similarity (Quiz 10)
Wed Apr 10(Quiz 11)
Fri Apr 12 
14Mon Apr 15In-Class Exam 4 on Chapters 8, 9
Wed Apr 17Start Chapter 10 Euclidean Geometry III: Area
Fri Apr 19 
15Mon Apr 22Start Chapter 11 Euclidean Geometry IV: Circles
Wed Apr 24(Quiz 12)
Fri Apr 26 
16Fri May 3Cumulative Final Exam 3:10pm - 5:10pm in Morton 222 (Exam Information)

(page maintained by Mark Barsamian, last updated July 2013)