Euclidean Geometry
MTH 514

Spring 2016, LIU Post

Class Time: Monday 5:00p - 7:40p, Pell Hall 202.

Instructor: Dr. Corbett Redden. Corbett.Redden [att] Office: Life Sciences 237. Phone: 516-299-3487.

Office Hours: Monday 3:00p-4:30p, Wednesday 12:30p - 2:00p (or by appointment)

Course webpage:


Textbook: "The Four Pillars of Geometry" by John Stillwell is required.

Other Requirements: You will also need a compass and straight-edge for the class. It does not need to be expensive or fancy.

Homework: Weekly homework will assigned, collected, and graded.

Projects: There will be 2-3 small projects assigned during the semester. Details to follow.

Tests: There will be a midterm test (date to be announced at least two weeks in advance). The final exam will take place in class on Monday, May 2.

Grading Scheme: (one grade dropped in each of the first four categories)
Homework 20%
Projects 30%
Midterm Test 20%
Final Exam 30%

Help: You are welcome to see Prof. Redden in office hours, by appointment, or to ask short questions via email. You are also encouraged to work with others on homework. Explaining concepts and techniques to fellow classmates is an excellent way for you to better understand them yourself.

Course Description: (from the campus course bulletin) This course is a careful study of the foundations of Euclidean geometry contrasting the metric and synthetic approaches. This course includes ruler and compass constructions. Different strategies involving reading, writing, talking and listening will be used to make sense of mathematics and to develop insight into how these strategies can help students of varying ability levels become active participants in learning mathematics. Thus, participating students will not only improve their own abilities at learning with texts, but will also learn how to adapt the techniques to pre-college learning environments. The course will actively engage students in learning mathematics with texts varying in level of content background and difficulty. This course satisfies the literacy requirement in the discipline for the Master of Science in Adolescence Education: Mathematics. (3 credits)

Important Dates:
Jan 25 First class
Feb 1 Last day to add/drop or late register
Feb 15No class (President's Day)
Feb 16Monday classes meet
Mar 7-11Spring Recess
Apr 1 Last day to opt for P/F or withdraw
Apr 25Last class
May 2 Final Exam