The Organization of this Course, Fall 2011

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Here is a summary of the administrivia.

Homepage is the portal homepage for my geometry courses and many other things. You only need to remember "" and you might set the browser in your lab account to this address. From there, links lead to the other pages, including those for Math 403 The homepage is accessible to anyone on the web. Some of its links are password protected as required by FERPA.


The syllabus for the course is a variable document. The current subject matter is announced in detail. Details on future events are filled in as we get closer to them. Consult the syllabus frequently to see what is going on in the course.

Online Lessons

All course material is in \textbf{these lessons} on the web. The approach to the material and the exposition in these lessons is the \textbf{official one}. Information contained in the textbook or which you might find online at other websites are useful supplements, but may not substitute their notations, definitions, theorems and proofs. This rule merely insures that graders won't count something wrong in your work just because you use unfamiliar terminology.

In this course it is essential that you study the lesson before coming to class. You earn class-participation credit for submitting questions about the lesson to the \texttt{Moodle} before class. The more specific and apt you make the initial subject line the more points. This helps me optimize the time in class by discussing only those parts of the lesson you did not understand. The two class sessions per week are structured as tutorials and not lecture duplicating the information in the online lessons. If you do not read the lesson ahead of class, you may get little out of the discussion.


The Friday \textbf{quiz and computer labs} are supplementary to the course. Some of the quizzes can be taken online, but you need to check when you must take them in class. The labs are where you learn the mechanics of LaTeX for submitting homework and reports and how to use KSEG for constructing geometrical figures. If you can figure this out on your own and submit satisfactory homework online, you need not participate in the labs. If you have a legitimate excuse for missing the labs, you may make arrangments for a supervised lab at other times.


Homework is due in class on the day it is assigned for. All homework should be done on scratch paper and entered by hand into your journal prior to composing it in texWins. You should obtain and keep a printable (.pdf) file of the homework. When the \texttt{Moodle submission} feature has been enabled, you will upload the .pdf file to it, and the grader can processit from there. Bring your journal to the Friday labs to get help on submitting the homework. The homework will be graded and returned with comments via Moodle. There is a 2 week grace period during which time you may submit your homework in any readable manner you wish.


This is the course management system we use for the course. You have password protected access to this. Except for the public forums, your transactions with Moodle is available only to you and your course mentor.


This is a web-based tool for writing up homework and reports in LaTeX, which is the standard mathematical typesetting system used in all modern sciences and technologies. In it you compose text with mathematical notation, which you can preview until you get it right. You upload figures you made with KSEG, and texWins will insert these into the LaTeX .pdf document. You should fetch this document and submit it to Moodle for grading.


This is a good quality, bound notebook, different from your class and lab notes, which contains information you thought about and entered by hand. The journal purpose is to have a record of your homework independent of Moodle, and summaries of course content, entered in a timely fashion. You journal is not only a great souvenir of the course, but a study aid for the exams and final. You may bring only your journal to the midterm and final examination for reference.

Office Hours

Office visits are reserved for the resolution of personal problems with the course. Appointments are arranged privately by email. All questions on the content or mechanics of the course are taken care of online. You should post your questions on Moodle, but you may, if you need privacy email the instructor or mentor. You are also encouraged to work with student colleagues in the course, and to participate in the \texttt{Moodle>Forum}. Such class participation is part of the grade.

More Advice

You will find more detailed advice on how to do things in this class in the \textbf{Advice} pages on this website.