Campus:Ohio University, Athens Campus
Academic Year:2013 - 2014
Term:Fall Semester
Course:Math 3110
Title:College Geometry
Section:100 (Class Number 8597)
Instructor:Mark Barsamian
Contact Information:My contact information is posted on my web page.
Office Hours:My office hours are posted on my web page.

Class Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:55pm - 1:50pm in Morton 326

Course Description: We will begin with an introduction to axiom systems and axiomatic geometry. Then we will consider plane Euclidean geometry from an axiomatic viewpoint.

Prerequisites: (3050 Discrete Math or CS 3000), (3200 Applied Linear Algebra or 3210 Linear Algebra)

Paper Syllabus: The syllabus handed out on the first day of class can be obtained at the following link: (syllabus) The information on the paper syllabus is the same as the information on this web page, except that the syllabus does not have the details about the textbook.

Textbook Information
What is it? The textbook is two volumes, spiral bound in orange covers.
  • Volume 1 is pages 1 - 316 and contains Chapters 1 - 14.
  • Volume 2 is pages 317 - 357 and contains Chapters 15 and 16 (the appendices).
The reason for binding the textbook in two volumes is that Volume 2 is used as a reference on quizzes and exams.
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Is it required?The printed book is required for students in MATH 3110 Section 100.
Where do you get it?Beginning on Monday, August 19, 2013, the book will be available at Minuteman Press, 17 W. Washington Street, Athens (next to Donkey Coffee), (740) 593-7393.
Cost?The two-volume set costs $29.10, including tax.
What do you ask for?Tell them that you need the MATH 3110 packet.
Online version:There is an online version of the text at the following link: (Geometry.Textbook) But students in MATH 3110 Section 100 will still need to purchase the printed book when it comes out.
There are typos and mistakes in the book, just as there are in any book. I would be very grateful if you point them out to me, so that I can fix them for next year's printing of the book. Please notify me of typos and mistakes by sending me an e-mail with "Geometry Book Mistake" as the subject line. I will reply to your e-mail and will tell you if you are the first student to find a particular typo or mistake. If you are the first, then you will earn a point. At the end of the quarter, the student with the most points will win $15. Second place wins $10. Third place wins $5.

Special Needs: If you have physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities that require accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible so that your needs may be appropriately met.

Grading: During the semester, you will accumulate points:

Quizzes (best 8 of 10 quizzes, 20 points each):160 points possible
In-Class Exams (Best 3 of 4 exams, 180 points each):540 points possible
Cumulative Final Exam:300 points possible
Total:1000 points possible

At the end of the semester, your Total will be converted to your Course Grade:

Total ScorePercentageGradeInterpretation
900 - 100090% - 100%AYou mastered all concepts, with no significant gaps
850 - 89985% - 89.9%A-
800 - 84980% - 84.9%B+You mastered all essential concepts and many advanced concepts, but have some significant gaps.
750 - 79975% -79.9%B
700 - 74970% - 74.9%B-
650 - 69965% - 69.9%C+You mastered most essential concepts and some advanced concepts, but have many significant gaps.
600 - 64960% - 64.9%C
550 - 59955% - 59.9%C-
400 - 43940% - 54.9%DYou mastered some essential concepts.
0 - 3990% - 39.9%FYou did not master essential concepts.

Course Structure: One learns math primarily by trying to solve problems. This course is designed to provide structure for you as you learn to solve problems, and to test how well you have learned to solve them. This structure is provided in the following ways.

Attendance: Attendance is required for all lectures and exams. We have a total of 41 class meetings. If you miss more than 9 class meetings, your course grade will be an F. That includes, sick days, University Activity days, Professional Activity days, personal or family emergency days, and days that you simply skipped class. If you miss a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to copy someone’s notes and study them. I will not use office hours to teach topics discussed in class to students who were absent.

Missing Quizzes or Exams Because of Illness: If you are too sick to take a quiz or exam, then you must

  1. send me an e-mail before the quiz or exam, telling me that you are going to miss it because of illness,
  2. then go to the Hudson Student Health Center.
  3. Later, you will need to bring me documentation from Hudson showing that you were treated there.
Without those three things, you will not be given a make-up.

Missing Quizzes or Exams Because of University Activity or Professional Activity: You must contact me in advance to discuss arrangements for a make-up. I will need to see documentation of your activity. If you miss a quiz or an exam because of an activity without advance discussion of it, you will not be given a make-up

WeekDatesClass topics (TENTATIVE)
1 Mon Aug 26Start Chapter 1: Axiom Systems
Wed Aug 28 
Fri Aug 30(Quiz 1)
2Mon Sep 2Holiday: No Class
Wed Sep 4Start Chapter 2: Axiomatic Geometries
Fri Sep 6(Quiz 2)
3Mon Sep 9 
Wed Sep 11Start Chapter 3: Neutral Geometry I: Axioms of Incidence and Distance
Fri Sep 13(Quiz 3)
4Mon Sep 16 
Wed Sep 18 
Fri Sep 20In-Class Exam 1 on Chapters 1, 2, 3
5Mon Sep 23Start Chapter 4: Neutral Geometry II: Axioms of Incidence and Distance
Wed Sep 25 
Fri Sep 27Start Chapter 5: Neutral Geometry III: The Separation Axiom (Quiz 4)
6Mon Sep 30 
Wed Oct 2 
Fri Oct 4(Quiz 5)
7Mon Oct 7Start Chapter 6: Neutral Geometry IV: Angle Measurement
Wed Oct 9 
Fri Oct 11In-Class Exam 2 on Chapters 4, 5, 6
8Mon Oct 14Start Chapter 7: Neutral Geometry V: The Axiom of Triangle Congruence
Wed Oct 16 
Fri Oct 18(Quiz 6)
9Mon Oct 21 
Wed Oct 23
Fri Oct 25Start Chapter 8: Neutral Geometry VI: Circles (Quiz 7)
10Mon Oct 28 
Wed Oct 30 
Fri Nov 1In-Class Exam 3 on Chapters 7, 8
11Mon Nov 4Start Chapter 9 Euclidean Geometry I: Triangles
Wed Nov 6 
Fri Nov 8(Quiz 8)
12Mon Nov 11Holiday: No Class
Wed Nov 13Start Chapter 10 Euclidean Geometry II: Similarity
Fri Nov 15(Quiz 9)
13Mon Nov 18 
Wed Nov 20Start Chapter 11 Euclidean Geometry III: Area (Quiz 10)
Fri Nov 22 
14Mon Nov 25Exam 4 on Chapters 9, 10, 11
Wed Nov 27Holiday: No Class
Fri Nov 29Holiday: No Class
15Mon Dec 2Start Chapter 12 Euclidean Geometry IV: Circles
Wed Dec 4(Quiz 11)
Fri Dec 6 
16Fri Dec 13Cumulative Final Exam 10:10am – 12:10pm in Morton 326

(page maintained by Mark Barsamian, last updated December 2015)