Reading Assignment: Each student will be expected to read a short article / note / or web page about the history of mathematics and make brief written summaries/reports of these to be passed on alternate Mondays, beginning Monday, TBA. [These will be graded Honors(4)/Good(3)/Acceptable(2)/NCr(0). Be sure to include an appropriate citation.]
Weekly assignments will be due on Wednesdays. [These will be graded on a problem by problem basis.]Back to Martin Flashman's Home Page :)
TEXTS: History of Mathematics: Brief Version by
Victor Katz (AddisonWesley Longman, Inc., 2004)
Classics of Mathematics, edited by Ron Calinger
(Prentice Hall, 1995).
Week [Major theme] 
Monday  Friday problem work session 
Reading 
Problems Due the next week 

1 [Beginnings]  Sarton on the Discipline: The History of Math (pdf) View the following lecture on line with the following direct link: Robin Wilson: Who invented the equals sign? 

2 Greek POM and Revival of Greeks Eudoxus/Euclid Oresme 
829 
92 
K: 2.1, 8.4 C: Plato:6370 Aristotle 8190; Oresme 253260 
K: 8.20, 25 Research #1 
3 
95 No Class Labor Day 
99 
Watch Euclid Video on Moodle. 

4 
912 
916 
K:2.2 (Euclid) ;
9.1.19.1.3 (Cardano); 9.3.1(Stevin); 9.4.3 Galileo C: Cardano: 261266; Stevin: 273 280; 
K:9.1, 3,5, 14, 17,18, *(3740) Research #2 
5  919 
923 
This reading is for two
weeks! C Eudoxus /Euclid: 7480; Reread Aristotle 8190; Euclid: 109130 Viete:267272 Napier:281 289 K: 2.2 Euclid (Again!) 9.1.5 Viete 9.3.1 and 2 stevin & Logarithms 
K: 2. 37; 9,10, 13,14; 18,19 
6  926 
930 
Continue with reading.  K:9: 22; 34 ; ch 2. 21, ( 22,23) Preliminary outline from groups on what they are planning for presentations on notations. 
7  103 
107 
Continue with reading.  
8  1010 
1014 
C : Euclid:
7980; 125130; Archimedes: 133147 Kepler:356360 Galileo: 363374 K: 2.2.6 Euclid (Again!) 3.1 Archimedes 9.4.3 Galileo 
K: 2.25, 26, 27 ; 3.3, 4, 5 , 8,13 ;
9: 26,37,38 
9  1017 
1021 
Preliminary report on term paper. 

10  1024 
1028 

11  1031 
114 
K: 9.4.2 Kepler; 10.1; 10.2 C: Fermat:377380 
K: 3.10; 10.2, 5, 8 
12  117 
1111 no class 

13  1114 
1118 

14Fall Break  1121 no class  1125 no class  
15  1128 
122 

16  125 
129 

17 Final exam week 
no class  1216 Projects 
Final Project Presentations during 2 hour
Final exam time 8:00 or 12:30 TBA 