MA 350 History of Mathematics
SP 2011 HO
Smith, Charlie L.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002M.A., University of Kansas, 1983B.A., William Jewel College, 1981
Science Building, Room 308
MW 10-12; TR 9-11 or BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT
January 10 through May 6, 2011
1:30 - 2:45 PM
It is strongly recommended that the student has passed MA 135 or its equivalent.
Textbook: No textbook required for this class.
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Mathematics is my lifelong passion and obsession. In the classroom, I try to convey my enthusiasm and excitement for mathematics; I emphasize its pristine beauty and logical structure. Students are required to work a substantial number of homework problems in order to learn the material. Typically two major tests are given each semester. Material is presented in lecture format; students are encouraged to interrupt to ask questions.
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
(1) The life and works of a famous mathematician, chosen from the List of Famous Mathematicians on pages 6-8 of the syllabus.
(2) An investigation of a significant mathematical concept from a historical perspective, chosen from the List of Topics on pages 8-9 of the syllabus.
(3) An investigation of a topic of current relevance in mathematics, possibly related to under-represented groups in the discipline. The topic MUST be approved by the instructor. Modifications of the scope and extent of the topics may need to be negotiated with the instructor.
(4) Be original and creative. Design your own topic. The topic MUST be approved by the instructor.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework assignments 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 that the student needs to do in order to succeed in this course?
1. Regular attendance is ESSENTIAL.
2. PLEASE bring your textbook to every class session.
3. Listen carefully and pay attention.
5. VOCABULARY, TERMINOLOGY, and NOTATION are extremely important in learning mathematics.
6. ASK QUESTIONS DURING CLASS whenever you need more explanation.
7. Read your textbook over and over until you understand the material completely.
8. Consult with the instructor if you are having ANY DIFFICULTY WHATSOEVER.
That's why they pay me the big bucks.
Behavior: Show respect for the instructor. Show respect for your classmates. Disruptive behavior in any form will not be tolerated.
Responsibility: The student is entirely responsible for obtaining and learning any material missed because of absence. Get handouts and assignments from instructor. Get class notes from another student in the class.
Calculator: Each student will need a scientific (not statistical or business) calculator. Graphing calculators are not permitted on the final examination. Try not to spend more that $25 or so. You can probably find one on sale somewhere. Most students use Texas Instruments, Casio or a comparable brand name.
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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