## Department of Mathematics

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MATH 565: Concepts of Geometry, Measurement and Probability

#### Course Objectives

• Help you learn and explore the geometry, probability and measurement strands for the elementary curriculum.
• Help you see math as interesting and relevant.
• Help you see yourself as capable of learning mathematics and solving mathematical problems on your own.
• Introduce you to materials to teach content in the geometry, probability and measurement strands to elementary school students.
• Convince you that math is not a bunch of formulas to be memorized but problems to solve and patterns to find.

#### Evaluation of Students

There will be a Midterm and a Final Exam. Weekly homework will be assigned and there will be two projects required.

#### Course Outline

 Topics Weeks Polygons, Polyhedra, Concrete Representations, Nets, Euler's Rule 2 Angle, Angles of Polygons, Regular Polygons 2 Platonic Solids, Tangrams, Tessellations 1 Probability, Counting Possibilities 1 Joint Probability, Counting Choices, Pascal's Triangle 2 Assessing Randomness (optional) 1 Mean, Median, Mode, Midrange (optional) 1 Measurement, Metric Units, Linear Units, Scales 1 Area units, areas of rectangles, Pick's Theorem, Pythagorean Theorem (last two optional) 1.5 Volume units, volumes of prisms 1.5 Tests and Projects 2

#### Textbooks & Software

None. There will be handouts in class

Submitted by: Eric Hsu
Date: April 29th, 2003 