Math
570 - History of Mathematics

Spring 2006

Course
information

__Assignments due:__

Wednesday, January 18: Read Denise Schmandt-Besserat's
article, "The Earliest Precursor of Writing" and write a short paragraph
responding to it.

Friday, January 20: (recommended) Read Burton pg. 20-27.

Monday, January 23: (recommended) Read Burton pg. 63-78.

Wednesday, January 25: Read the excerpt "Three Babylonian Mathematical
Texts" from Aaboe Asger's
*Episodes from the Early History of Mathematics.
*Choose one word to describe the material and write a
paragraph justifying your choice.

Friday, January 27: Homework #1 due.

Recommended reading: YBC 6967 in Høyrup's

Monday, January 30: From the packet, read Exercise 3.4 from Cooke's

Wednesday, February 1: (recommended) Read chapter 3 of Burton (in particular, sections 1-3).

Friday, February 3: Homework #2 due.

Monday, February 6: Read the excerpt (found in the packet) of Plato's

Wednesday, February 8: Read the excerpt from Euclid's

explaining your choice.

Friday, February 10: Homework #3 due.

Monday, February 13: Read the excerpt from Euclid's

paragraph, describe how Euclid proves them.

Wednesday, February 15: Read the excerpt from Euclid's

techniques he uses.

Recommended reading: Burton chapter 4 (in particular, sections 1-3).

Friday, February 17: Concept paper #1 due. ***Note change of due date***

Monday, February 20: Homework #4 due.

Wednesday, February 22: Read the excerpt from Archimedes'

and write a paragraph justifying your choice.

Friday, February 24: Read the excerpt from Archimedes'

from the reading.

Monday, February 27: Homework #5 due.

Wednesday, March 1: Read the excerpt in the packet from Diophantus'

problems to read thoroughly. (You should still read through the statements of all the problems.) Write a paragraph discussing what

kinds of problems they are and the techniques used to solve them.

Friday, March 3: Read the excerpt (found in the new packet) from Augustine's

role that logical reasoning and mathematics should play in the Christian world.

Monday, March 6: Read the excerpt in the packet from Kūshyār Ibn Labbān's

methods used for multiplication and comparing it to present-day methods.

Wednesday, March 8: Homework #6 due. (Note that the last problem has a diagram that does not appear on the pdf file.)

Friday, March 10: Research paper topics due.

Monday, March 13: Concept paper #2 due.

Sample first concept paper

Rubric

Friday, March 17: Midterm exam.

Practice exam

Wednesday, March 29: Read the excerpts in the packet from Leonardo of Pisa's

Friday, March 31: Read the

Monday, April 3: Homework #7 due.

Wednesday, April 5: Concept paper #3 due.

Updated rubric

Friday, April 7: Read the excerpts from Cardano's

Monday, April 10: Read the article by Pengelley and Richman (passed out in class on Wednesday). Write a paragraph describing the main point of the article.

Wednesday, April 12: Research paper first draft due.

Friday, April 14: Read the excerpt from Napier's

Wednesday, April 19: Read the excerpts from Books II and III of Descartes'

Friday, April 21: Read the excerpt from Wallis'

Monday, April 24: Concept Paper #4 due.

Friday, April 28: Homework #8 due.

Monday, May 1: Research paper due. (Please send me an electronic copy so that I can post it online.)

Friday, May 5: Homework #9 due.

Friday, May 12: Final exam at 11:50 am.

Practice exam (Ignore the question on Egyptian fractions, as we did not discuss this.)

Practice exam solutions

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