 
Summary: Syllabus for Math 520, Geometry for Teachers, Summer 2011
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Arnold
email: arnoldea@math.jmu.edu
Phone: 5686532
URL: www.math.jmu.edu/~arnoldea
Office: Roop 111
Office Hours: TBD
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will cover topics from Euclidean and nonEuclidean Geometry. We
will use the software Geometry Explorer as a supplement to the text. This software can be installed on Windows,
Macintosh or Linux machines. It is understood that the students have as a prerequisite an indepth, working
knowledge of (high school level) Euclidean geometry. Prior experience with proving mathematical results is
highly recommended. The goal of this class is to expose you to new concepts in geometry and to deepen your
understanding of basic concepts in Euclidean geometry. This is NOT a methods course, nor is it a workshop
where you will take home worksheets, projects, etc. for your own students. This is a content course where you
will broaden your knowledge and hopefully your appreciation of geometry, which should enhance the teaching of
your individual curriculum. Topics for this course will include axiomatic geometry, advanced Euclidean geome
try, analytic geometry, transformational geometry, nonEuclidean geometry and fractal geometry. We will cover
most of the sections in Chapters 1, 2, 5, 7 and 9 of the text.
TEXT: Geometry with Geometry Explorer by Michael Hvidsten, Geometry Explorer CD (included with text)
The text can be obtained in one of three ways.
