| Visualizing the Fourth Dimension
Mon, Fri 2:50-4:20
|Instructor: Richard Hammack||Office hours:|
|Office: 238 Copley||Monday, 9:45--10:45|
|Work: 752-7210 (and voice mail)||Wednesday, 9:45--10:45; 1:30 -- 2:30|
|Home: 353-8572 (before 9:30 p.m., please)||Friday, 9:45--10:45|
|Fax: 752-4724||and by appointment|
The course meets in the Mathematics Department's Mac Lab, although we will not use the computers every day. You will often use a mathematical software package called Mathematica to create, project and draw three- and four-dimensional objects. No prior computer experience is necessary.
Your grade is determined by homework, participation, a portfolio and a final project. Details follow.
Homework: There will be frequent graded homework. These assignments
will take various forms, including -- but not limited to -- written work, mathematical
work, drawings, three-dimensional models, and computer programs.
Participation: Participation means that you in some way demonstrate intellectual involvement in the course. It does not necessarily mean that you ask questions and volunteer answers. Active participation may include putting extra effort into homework, taking advantage of office hours, and displaying preparedness, dedication and intellectual curiosity. Spotty attendance can lower your participation score.
Portfolio: Over the semester, you will develop a portfolio of images
(computer generated and/or hand made) and three-dimensional models.
Project: Instead of taking a final exam, you will do a final project.
This project can be a paper, computer program or visual work on a topic of your
choice, subject to my approval.
Your final grade will be determined by the following weights:
You will probably need the following supplies: