EMAT 4000/6000 Special Problems in Mathematics Education
Summer Semester 2014

Last modified on May 12, 2014

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Course: EMAT 4000/6000 Special Problems in Mathematics Education


James W. Wilson
110F Aderhold Hall
Telephone (706) 542-4552

FAX (706) 542-4551

Teaching Assistant

Leighton McIntyre


Office hours: I maintain an open door policy for office hours. I come to the office early each morning (usually by 8:008:00) and if I am not tied up in a meeting or talking to another student I am available to you. For the Maymester term the afternoon schedule is uncertain. I can always be reached by e-mail or at 706-248-3388, either text or voice.

Prerequisites for EMAT 4000/6000: MATH 2210 or 2260. If you have not studied differential and inferential calculus, discuss the situation with me.


Course Description.

 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. 



Course Assignments

There is no textbook.  

Some materials will be distributed in class;  much will grow from class discussions

The plan is to work in small teams to develop documents and presentations on the following topics:

          The Geometry of Inversion via GSP implementation.  The document should include basic introduction to Inversion,  a library of images showing exploration with GSP, and some applications

          Taxicab Geometry with Graph implementation.   The document should include a variety of images illustrating various ideas and also include applications.

          Conics from various points of view --  algebraic, geometric, 3D conic sections -- and how they are all related.    

Other topics may be possible.   We will work in teams of 3 people.   The instructor will provide an overview and directions/redirection of the work.   

Grades and Requirements



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