Printer Friendly Email Syllabus Education Major Version |

##
MA 350 History of Mathematics

Smith, Charlie L.

**Mission Statement:**The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

**Vision Statement:**Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

| MA 350 History of Mathematics |

| SP 2008 HO |

| Smith, Charlie L. |

| Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Chairman of the Mathematics Department |

| Ph.D. in Mathematics, UMKC, 2002 |

| Science Hall 308 |

| Monday, Friday 9:00-10:00; Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-11:30 and Wednesday 9:00-11:00 |

| 816.584.6261 |

| |

| January 14 - May 9, 2008 |

| -M---F- |

| 11:00 - 12:15 PM |

| None |

| 3 |

**Textbook:**

There is no required textbook. I may order an optional textbook for those who want full detail.

**Additional Resources:**

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.

Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024

Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

**Course Description:**

An introduction to the history of mathematics with emphasis on contributions of the many and diverse cultures which have influenced the development of the discipline. Cultures studied include: the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, medieval Europeans, and Renaissance Europeans. Topics include the Pythagorean Theorem, perfect numbers, classic construction problems, the golden ration, noteworthy mathematicians and current trends. One field trip is required. 3:0:3 It is strongly recommended that the student has passed MA131 or its equivalent.

**Educational Philosophy:**

A famous old adage says that mathematics is not a spectator sport. In order to learn mathematics, students must attempt a significant number of problems. Drill and practice are essential in order to succeed. In addition, the material should not be covered too quickly. Student comprehension always takes priority in the educational process.

**Learning Outcomes:**

**Core Learning Outcomes**

- Analyze mathematical concepts from the aesthetic point of view.
- Answer historical and mathematical questions pertaining to: the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Babylonians, the Pythagorean School, the three classic construction problems of ancient Greece, Euclid's elements, Archimedes, Diophantus, the University and library of Alexandria, the medieval Europeans, and the Renaissance Europeans
- Write a term paper on a famous mathematician or mathematical concept.
- Present a summary of the term paper in class.

**Core Assessment:**

- Participation in a field trip
- Class attendance
- Class participation
- Reaction papers
- Periodic assignments
- Major term paper
- Oral presentation
- Comprehensive final exam

**Class Assessment:**

**1. Class Participation (10%)**

**2. Problem Assignments (30%)**

**These problems will require usage of the mathematical skills which are taught in MA 131 College Algebra. If you are not familiar with the necessary mathematics, then you will have to learn it as part of the course.**

**3. Major Term Paper (40%)**

**MUST**be approved by the instructor. Modicfications of the scope and extent of the topics

**MUST**be approved by the instructor. Modifications

**MUST**be 12-18 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. If a student's paper is

**LESS THAN 12**pages long, then the score for that paper will be reduced by 1 letter grade. You

**MUST**use a minimum of 8 sources. At most 40% of your sources may be taken from the Internet.

**ALL**Internet sources

**MUST**be approved by the instructor.

**DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.**Any final version of the major term paper containing plagiarized material will automatically receive a score of

**ZERO**, and furthermore the Chairman of the Mathematics Department and the Dean will be notified for further disciplinary action. You

**MUST**use some type of referencing system. Use whatever system you are familiar with be consistent with this system throughout the paper. Include a title page and a bibliography page. (These do not count toward the total number of pages.) Pictures and diagrams, while strongly encouraged, do not count toward the total number of pages.

**Important Deadlines:**

**MUST**have your topic selected and approved no later than

**Friday, January 25, 2008.**

**Monday, March 17, 2008**.

**LATE TERM PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.**

**Important Rule:**The second chance rewrite can raise your score by a maximum of 1 letter grade.

**Competition for the J. Malcolm Good Award**

**Summary Report on the Major Term Paper**

**Guidelines for Writing the Major Term Paper**

**4. Final Examination (20%)**

**Monday, May 5, 2008 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.**

**CLOSED REFERENCE**test, meaning that you are

**NOT**allowed to use any books, notes, or handouts. You will of course be required to bring a calculator.

**This is a very challenging and difficult test. You will need to study very hard in order to be adequately prepared for the Final.**You will be given a Study Guide-Practice Test to work in order to prepare for the Final Examination. This will be reviewed in class on the last day of regular classes, Friday, May 2, 2008.

**5. Possible Special Activities**

**Grading:**

__20%__

**Late Submission of Course Materials:**

**MUST**be turned in on the date that it is due, or you will not turn it in at all. An assignment

**MUST**be received by class time on the announced due date. If it is not received by this time, then a score of

**ZERO**will be recorded for that assignment.

**NO EXCEPTIONS. NO EXCUSES.**Athletes who are traveling out of town with a Park University team must turn in the assignment

**Before Departure**.

**Classroom Rules of Conduct:**

**Expectations**(What are the things the student needs to do in order to succeed in this course?)

**ESSENTIAL**.

**PLEASE**bring your calculator to every class session.

**VOCABULARY, TERMINOLOGY,**and

**NOTATION**are extremely important in learning mathematics.

**ASK QUESTIONS DURING CLASS**whenever you need more explanation.

**ANY DIFFICULTY WHATSOEVER**. That's why they pay me the

**Behavior**

**Responsibility**

**Calculator**

**Miscellaneous**

**EVERYTHING**. Of course, it would be impossible for you to reproduce everything or demonstrate total knowledge on homework and tests, but you are expected to strive for excellence in everything that we cover, so that you will be prepared for anything. As Park University students, any effort on your part less than this cannot be considered satisfactory.

**Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:**

**Week 9 Spring Break**

**Academic Honesty:**

Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

**Plagiarism:**

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

**Attendance Policy:**

Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

- The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
- Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
- Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
- In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
- A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
- Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
- Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Attendance will be recorded daily. Any student who accumulates 4 CONSECUTIVE absences will be automatically withdrawn from the course by the institution.

No distinction will be made between excused and unexcused absences. In fact, these terms do not exist: you are either present or absent. If you are not in class FOR ANY REASON, then you will be counted absent. It is the student's responsibility to sign the attendance sheet or else be counted absent.

There will be a mandatory field trip. Early in the class we will visit the Linda Hall Library. We will receive a library orientation, learn how to use the library to gather research material for the major term paper, learn the locations of the mathematical history resources, and tour the Rare Book Room. The date for this field trip is TBA.

**Disability Guidelines:**

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

**Additional Information:**

**List of Famous Mathematicians:**

**List of Topics for Major Term Paper:**

*e*

**YOUR MAJOR**

**Copyright:**

**Last Updated:***1/18/2008 2:46:41 PM*