MA 127 Applied Geometry / Spain

Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:45am A survey of elementary geometrical topics stressing numerical relations rather than proofs. Emphasis is given to topics needed for design and for teacher preparation below the secondary level (proportion, area and volume, elementary trigonometry, symmetry). This Liberal Arts Core mathematics course will emphasize various topics needed for design and teacher preparation with a special focus on symmetry and tiling of the plane. The theoretical aspects of geometry will be illustrated via dynamic geometry software and by becoming pattern seekers in Spain during spring break. We will visit Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla and Granada. In Granada we will spend 2 days at the Alhambra, arguably one of the great wonders of the world and the intersection of diverse cultures. We will follow in the footsteps of MC Escher, whose artistic work was heavily influenced by visits to the Alhambra. He described the Alhambra as one of his richest sources of inspiration as he studied the division of the plane and symmetry groups. At the end of the course, I hope you will have a new, mathematically-informed, way of knowing and appreciating the world around us.

Prerequisite: Complete University’s Directed Self-Placement process or a grade of C or better in MA 094 or MA 095

Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: MT Location: Southern Spain

Faculty: Alice Petillo Alice Petillo has been teaching in the mathematics department at Marymount University since 2005. Prior to coming to Marymount she taught mathematics at the secondary level in Maryland, Virginia and spent two years teaching in Quito, Ecuador. She is currently a doctoral student at George Mason University and her areas of research interest are teacher preparation and the history of mathematics.

Program Fee: $1,100 Program Fee Includes:

  • round-trip international airfare
  • ground transportation
  • double occupancy accommodations
  • entrance fees to all required site visits and cultural activities
  • daily continental breakfast
  • international health insurance coverage

The Center for Global Education will register students for this course after the student has successfully submitted the online study abroad application. Full-time students do not need to pay additional tuition for this course provided they are registered for no more than 18 credits during the spring semester, including this course. Full-time students enrolled for more than 18 credits are subject to over-enrollment fees. MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. You will be responsible for making all timely payments to Marymount University. 

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