Department of Mathematics Education
EMAT 4000/6000.  J.Wilson, Instructor

Maymester 2014

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EMAT 6000. Special Problems in Mathematics Education. 1-6 hours. (Max. 9 hours.)

Catalog Description:

In-depth exploration of special topics in mathematics education of interest to individual students or groups.

The Syllabus for the Maymester 2014 session of  EMAT 4000/2014 will be posted here shortly.  A "Course Section" and meeting time (9:00 - 11:30 Daily) have been created.     The   NEED   here is that students must have a course satisfying the Teaching Field (mathematics content)  requirements of our degree programs. 

Normally EMAT 4000/6000 is available every semester as an Directed Study and can serve a variety of needs.   Directed Study involves making a plan with a faculty member who can agree to supervise such work.   If you have made such alternative arrangements with another faculty member please register  with this number and notify the instructor (J. Wilson).

The specifics of  the syllabus of this class which will meet from May 13 to to June 2 (with Final Examination and/or Course Projects due on June 3)  will focus on the study of some mathematics topics.   Allowing for individual interests will be accomplished with the use of course projects.    Recognize that the mathematics background in the class ranges from middle school teachers to secondary school teachers to collegiate teachers. Frequent individual presentations will be expected so that we all benefit from  the variety of  Course Projects.  

Note that the emphasis in this session is the mathematics content rather than mathematics curriculum  materials or mathematics instruction. 

Attendance is mandatory.    Illness, of course, is excused but you will be responsible for any make-up of sessions missed and the expected format of the course may make that difficult.

Anyone who would like to do this course totally as a Directed Study should contact the instructor (J. Wilson)

Class Members

Elesha Coons                              
Robert Hudgins             
Zachery Kroll                
Russell Lawless             
Sarah Major                          
Sydney Roberts             
Alexandria Stear           
Mimi Tsui                      
Kendyl Wade                

Click HERE to send an e-mail to everyone in the class and the instructor.    To send an e-mail to individuals, use the addresses given above.



The Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice are at the beginning of this document.


Challenge for Inversion Geometry -- click HERE
Inversion Image. What was the original figure? What was the circle of inversion?
Libeskind & Koazi Inversion Reference, Chapters 0, 1, and 2.



Conic Sections 3D images for deriving 2D definitions from 3D definitions.

Conic Sections

Ellipse 1                 Ellipse 2



Shaping up Parabolas.  Other parabola pieces by the same author:  Shifting Parabolas  and  Parabola Matters

Construction of a Parabola, description and demonstration with a GSP file.

Construction of an Ellipse or Hyperbola, description and demonstration with a GSP file.

Topics to be explored.


General Quadratic:      

Polar Equations

Alternative constructions with GSP


1.  Given a triangle with its circumcircle.   Construct a circle tangent to two sides of the triangle and tangent to the circumcircle.    GSP file.   

One possible construction is shown at the right.   There may be as many as six possible constructions.






        Conic Sections: A Rejuvenated Exploration of Conic Sections 
           by Robert Hudgins, Zack Kroll, and Russell Lawless

Geometry of Inversion

Excursion Through Inversion
          by Lexi Stear, Mimi Tsui, and Kendyl Wade

Taxicab Geometry

  An Exploration of Taxicab Geometry
     by Elesha Coons, Sarah Majors, and Sydney Roberts



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