Math 3610
Introduction to Geometry
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald

Where to Get Help

  • Office Hours 326 Walker Hall, 262-2363. I am always happy to help you in office hours. An open door means that I am on the floor somewhere, so come look for me.
  • Check the main web page often for homework and for access to the other class pages.
  • ASULearn is the easiest way to ask a math question outside of class and office hours. You are responsible for reading all posts from me. I prefer that you use office hours since it is easier to discuss material in person, but if you can not make them, then it is a great alternative. I usually check it every day including the weekends.

    Required Resources

  • The Geometric Viewpoint: A Survey of Geometries by Thomas Q. Sibley
  • Roads to Geometry by Edward C. Wallace and Stephen F. West
  • access to a web-browser
  • 3-ring binder notebook and a hole puncher to organize handouts, notes and your work
  • printouts of your work
  • manipulatives required to complete projects
  • access to the software package Geometer's Sketchpad (GSP), which is available in some computer labs on campus. If you have time to work on campus, this suffices. Otherwise you may want to purchase a copy (the student pricing is a 1-year license for $9.95 and a non-expiring license costs $29.95) at

    Course Goals and Objectives

    A study of the development of Euclidean geometry through multiple perspectives, including synthetic and metric. Topics to be considered include parallelism, similarity, measurement, constructions, an axiomatic approach to polyhedra, and at least one non-Euclidean geometry. The course will focus on concept development and connections among mathematical perspectives. (SPEAKING) Prerequisite: MAT 1120

  • In order to foster concept development and connections among multiple perspectives, we will examine the foundations of geometry through the lenses of mathematical reasoning and proofs, manipulatives, dynamic geometry software, and the historical progression of geometry.
  • We will also develop problem solving and visualization skills and express geometric concepts in a variety of formats. Math 3610 has been designated as a speaking course. In order to satisfy the speaking designator, presentations will occur during the semester and during a final project.


    This is a mathematics content course, which means that it will stimulate the intellectual growth of each student. While many of you are future teachers and some of the mathematics covered in the course will be related in meaningful ways to materials that can be taken into the classroom (for example, various ways of teaching and learning geometry will be modeled), the primary purpose of this course is your mathematical development.


  • Participation in Classroom Activities 20% You are expected to contribute to discussions in a meaningful way and actively engage the material in class and lab. You must be prepared for each class and check the main web page regularly for hw. Attendance is required. These kinds of baseline activities will result in a participation grade of 16/20. Other activities can increase or decrease this grade. Utilizing office hours and ASULearn, asking and answering thought provoking questions, coming up with creative ways of thinking about the material, and explaining the material to others are some examples of positive participation that will increase your grade. On the other hand, performing activities that detract from the professional classroom environment or distract Dr. Sarah (who is very easily distracted) will result in a lowered participation grade. Many activities and class discussions are designed to be completed during class. Thus, attendance is required at ALL classes, and will form a portion of your grade. Missing more than the equivalent of 2 weeks during the semester (4 class days) will result in an automatic F in the course. Save your absences for emergencies. If the university is open and you miss a class, then that counts as an absence. If you must be late to a class, or must leave early, then do still attend.
  • Projects 35% Work will not be accepted without explanation and must also be turned in on or before the due date. May occur during the last week of classes. If there is some reason you must miss a class, then obtain the assignment from the web pages. The lowest project will be dropped - save this for emergencies. Every other project will be equally weighted regardless of the total number of points. If all of your projects are turned in on time AND you have received at least a grade of 75% for all work, then you will receive an on-time credit of +1 added on to your final average. No lates allowed*.
  • Tests 30% Tests may be oral, written or on ASULearn. Tests are not only an opportunity for you to demonstrate your mastery of the material, but are also an opportunity for you to be challenged with new material in order for you to make new connections. No make-ups allowed*. May occur the last week of classes.
  • Final Project Presentations 15% No make-ups allowed*

    *Work may occur during the last week of classes. Accommodations in the determination of your final grade will be made for extenuating circumstances that are documented to prevent you from completing work early/on time. Except in extraordinary circumstances, requests for religious observances required by faith must be submitted in writing no later than three weeks after the first class day of the term. In addition, Appalachian State University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for individuals with documented qualifying disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Those seeking accommodations based on a substantially limiting disability must contact and register with The Office of Disability Services (ODS) 828-262-3056. Once registration is complete, individuals will meet with ODS staff to discuss eligibility and appropriate accommodations. When writing up work, be sure to give acknowledgment where it is due. Submitting someone else's work as your own (PLAGIARISM) is a serious violation of the University's Academic Integrity Code. We adhere to the code in this course.

    Other Policies and Methodology

    Plan to spend at least 1-2 hours outside of class for each credit hour in class, (on average). You are responsible for all material covered and all announcements and assignments made at each class, whether you are present or not. You are also responsible for announcements made on the web pages, so check them often.

    Asking questions, and explaining things to others, in or out of class, is one of the best ways to improve your understanding of the material. This course is to be an environment in which everyone feels comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, offering good guesses and ideas, and is respectful to one another. Turn in projects or prepare to present problems even if it they are not complete, even if only to say, "I do not understand such and such" or "I am stuck here." Be as specific as possible. When writing up work, be sure to give acknowledgment where it is due. Submitting someone else's work as your own (PLAGIARISM) is a serious violation of the University's Academic Integrity Code.

    In this course, you will be challenged with problems that you have never seen before. I do not expect you to be able to solve all the issues immediately. Instead, I want to see what you can do on your own. Out in the real world, this is important, since no matter what job you have, you will be expected to seek out information and answers to new topics you have not seen before. This may feel uncomfortable and frustrating. I understand this and want to help you through the process. It helps to remember that there are no mathematical dead-ends! Each time we get stuck, it teaches us something about the problem we are working on, and leads us to a deeper understanding of the mathematics.

    In the real world though, you are not expected to face your work alone. In this class, you are also not expected to face your work alone. I am always happy to help you in class, during office hours (or by appointment), or on ASULearn, and will try to give you hints and direction. At times though, to encourage the exploration process, I may direct you to rethink a problem and to come back to discuss it with me again afterwards. This occurs when I believe that the struggle to understand is imperative for your deep understanding of the material.