Mathematics 436 Spring 2006


Current Semester

This course will present an overview of the development of mathematics from ancient civilizations to the beginning of the 19th century. Selected topics from the history of mathematics including number systems; Euclidean geometry; the development of algebra in India, Arabia, and the West; and calculus. Special emphasis will be placed on some recurrent themes, e.g., calculation of areas, progressive enlargement of number systems, changing concepts of rigorous proof.

Besides lectures, part of the course will be devoted to presentations of selected topics by participants, either in class or in the form of papers.

Research paper due 5/08/06

Email me your topic by 4/10/06

First draft due 4/18/06

Guidelines for the final paper. Possible topics for final paper.


Midterm examination: Tuesday, March 7 in class covering through week 6 and assignment 7.

The Midterm Review Guide describes what will be expected on the Midterm Exam.

FINAL EXAM: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 4-7 PM in SERC 211

The Final Review Guide describes what will be expected on the Final Exam, which covers the entire semester (Chaps. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,1112 of the text)

Office Hours during May:

Tuesday May 2 5-6 PM

Thursday May 4 5-6 PM

Tuesday May 9 5-6 PM

Wednesday May 10 2-3 PM

Notes from selected lectures

Notes on Indian mathematics and Pell's equation (3/2/06 lecture)


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Last updated: May 2006; J. Tunnell