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DSP students should speak to the instructor as soon as possible, even if you don't have a letter yet.

Guidelines on what to do if you think you may have a conflict between this class and your extracurricular activities. In particular, you must speak to the instructor before the end of the second week of classes.

Academic honesty in mathematics courses: A statement on cheating and plagiarism, courtesy of Michael Hutchings.

How to get an A in this class, courtesy of Kathryn Mann.

Week 1 --- Thursday, August 24:Introduction to the Class Reading: Believe It, Then Don't: Toward a Pedagogy of Discomfort

Week 2 --- August 29 and August 31:Stillwell, Chapters 1 and 2 Handout: Euclid's Elements (for the adventurous, here's a Greek version) Activity:Euclid: the gameHomework 1 (due Tuesday, Sept 5): Click here

Week 3 --- September 5 and 7:Stillwell, Chapter 2 Reading: Critique of the method of superposition, from Hartshorne Proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem: Click here For fun: Hinged dissections Homework (due Tuesday, September 12): Click here

Week 4 -- September 12 and 14:Constructibility Reading (testable): Constructible n-gons and field extensions (fromConjecture and Proofby M. Laczkovich) Reading (testable): Field extensions (fromAbstract Algebraby Thomas Judson) Video: Construction of 17-gon (other videos: 1 and 2) Homework (due Tuesday, September 19): Click here

Week 5 -- September 19 and 21:Constructibility; Hilbert's Axioms Reading (testable): Sections 2.6 and 2.7 in Hartshorne Notes on the real projective plane: Click here Homework (due Tuesday, September 26): Click here (Question 3, 2.7.9 and 2.7.10 are optional)

Week 6 -- September 26 and 28:Hilbert's Axioms and Intro to Projective Geometry Reading: Sections 2.8, 2.9, and 2.10 in Hartshorne Homework: Prepare for Midterm

Week 7 -- October 3 and 5:Projective Geometry; Midterm Cumulative Midterm: Thursday, October 5 covering: up to and including Hilbert's Axioms (the axioms will be provided on the midterm) Reading: How to Win the Lottery with Projective Geometry (fromHow Not To Be Wrong, by Jordan Ellenberg) Homework 5 (due Tuesday, October 10): Click here

Week 8 -- October 10 and 12:Projective Geometry Reading: Stillwell, chapters 5 & 6 Homework 6 (due Tuesday, October 17): Click here Independent Project: Description, Topic Suggestions, and Grading Scheme

Week 9 -- October 17 and 19:Projective Geometry Reading: Stillwell, chapter 6 Homework 7 (due Tuesday, October 24): Click here

Week 10 -- October 25 and 27:Stillwell, Chapter 7 Homework 8 (due Tuesday, November 7): Click here (change of due date!) Reading: Wikipedia pages on quaternions and on quaternions for rotations

Week 11 -- October 31 and November 2:Stillwell, Chapter 8 No homework this week, no class on Tuesday

Week 12 -- November 7 and 9:Stillwell, Chapter 8 Homework 9 (due Tuesday, November 14): Click here

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