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Mathematics (MATH)

MATH 475W (US;IL) History of Mathematics (3) A global survey of the history of mathematics as viewed as a human response to cultural, political, economic, and societal pressures.

MATH 475W Introduction to the History of Mathematics (3)

The primary goal of this course is to explore where mathematics comes from, how it was labored on, how ideas were preceived, and how theories developed. Development in algebra, geometry, arthimetic and calculus will be discussed.

A second goal is to help students understand the importanct of written communication in mathematics and to provide opportunities for students to improve the quality of their writing. The primary means for accomplishing this goal will be four papers, 4-8 pages in length. These will be written for an audience of mathematically-knowledgeable readers. In addition, each quiz will contain at least one essay question.

Students will be evaluated on quizzes, homework, papers, and a final exam. Quizzes will total 250 points, the papers 200 points, and the final exam 150 points.

This course is a required course in the Mathematical Science (MA SC) BS curriculum. This course is also available as an elective for students in the Computer Science (COMP) program.

No special facilities are required for this course. This course will be offered once per year, with an expected enrollment of 25-40 students.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Quantification
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: MATH 315 orMATH 311W

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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