EMAT 3500
Exploring Concepts (with Technology) in Secondary School Mathematics

(These notes were adapted from the syllabus developed by Ms. Lisa Sheehy for Fall 2001)

Prerequisites for EMAT 3500 & 4680
MATH 2200 & 2210. If you have not studied differential and integral calculus you will not be able to enroll in these courses.

Course Overview
Students in EMAT 3500 will have the opportunity to:

Required Textbooks and Resources


Title:  Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (with CD-ROM). Also available via the NCTM web site (click here for link). 
Authors: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 
Publisher:  NCTM        

Software and Technology

1. Access to the Internet and Email

2. Geometers' Sketchpad Version 4, Student Edition
The student edition includes:

3.  Fathom: Dynamic Statistics Software, Student Edition
NOTE: Items 2 and 3 are available in a bundle with Kaleidomania from the UGA Bookstore under EMAT 3500

4. TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator (or equivalent)

You should be able to purchase this calculator for under $100.00 
Price compare at Best Buy, K-mart, Staples, Sam's, etc... 
For more information go to:  http://education.ti.com/


5. (Optional) Graphing Calculator 3.2 for Mac or Windows
Order on-line from http://www.pacifict.com/StudentDiscount.html
The student discount price is $40.  Make sure to order the correct version for your operating system (Mac or Windows).


Weekly assignments will be provided. They will be discussed in class and due dates will be provided. Two points will be deducted for each day that an assignment is turned in late (maximum point totals for each assignment are indictaed on the class web-page).

Weekly assignments will consist of a variety of readings, writings, and mathematical & technological investigations.

The class will use fully ethernet networked computers in Room 111/113. All assignments will be given via the class web-page and turned in via the class folders on Dr. Olive's and Dr. Hatfield's computers. We will have access to and learn to use various network tools.


Each student will be required to keep a portfolio of all work completed in class, readings, assignments and reflections. This portfolio will be reviewed and graded at the end of the semester.

Time on computers

You can not expect to accomplish what you should from this course without time on the computers that is in addition to the time we have in class. The usual expectation of 2 hours study outside of class for every hour in class is probably a minimum. There are several MacIntosh laboratories available in this building and across campus.

We are scheduled to hold this class in Room 111/113 with a laboratory of Macintosh G4 computers. There are some additional PowerPC Macintosh computers in Room 228, Room 615, and in the EMAT Library.

In general, the application programs we will use in this class will run on any of the Macintosh computers except the oldest machines. There are distinctions such as operating systems and hard disk drives that have to be accounted for. If you have your own Mac, or access to one, I will help you get set up to run these programs on it (if it is possible).

Most Macs today run with operating system 9.0 or higher. In general, as operating systems have improved over time, most people move to the newest system. Our machines in Room 111/113 use System 10 (Mac OS X).

Most of our software is also available for Windows machines. The functionality of some other Windows software is similar to what we use. Certainly the Windows environment could be used for implementing this course. Students can work at home on a Windows computer and transport to these Rm 111/113 machines via removable media (e.g. CD or USB disks) or the network (e.g. via emaill attachments).

Attendance Policy

As part of being a professional teacher, regular participation in all course activities is required. On-time completion of assignments and arrival to class is expected. If at all possible, please notify me before missing a class meeting. All absences will be documented and attendance records will be used in calculating your final grade. One point will be assigned for every class attended on time for a total of 30 points. Tardies will receive only half a point for each late attendance. Unexcused absentees will receive zero points. Excused absentees will receive half a point. Excused medical absences require documentation (a note) from your doctor or the Student Health Center. Other unavoidable absences must be approved by me BEFORE the time you will be absent. I may require written verification of the conflict.

Grades and Requirements

It is our intention to base grades on performance in meeting the requirements of the course. This performance includes the following:

Class Attendance and Participation.......10% (30 points)

Assignments and Quizzes .....................40% (120 points)

Midterm Exam ......................................20% (60 points)

Portfolio.................................................10% (30 points)

Final Exam Project.................................20% (60 points)

Percentages will be based on a 300 point total for the course.

Return to EMAT 3500 home page