# MA350 History of Mathematics

## for SP 2011

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| MA 350 History of Mathematics |

| SP 2011 HO |

| Smith, Charlie L. |

| Associate Professor of Mathematics |

| Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2002 |

| Science Building, Room 308 |

| MW 10-12; TR 9-11 or BY SPECIAL APPOINTMENT |

| 816-584-6261 |

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| January 10 through May 6, 2011 |

| -M-W- |

| 1:30 - 2:45 PM |

| It is strongly recommended that the student has passed MA 135 or its equivalent. |

| 3 |

**Textbook:**

No textbook required for this class.

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**Course Description:**

MA350 Mathematics in Civilization (MLL): 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:**

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**

- 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:**

- Everything in the Core Assessment MINUS the Oral Presentation

**Grading:**

**Class Participation (10%)**

- Attendance
- Response to questions in class
- Participation in class discussions
- Attending mandatory field trip

**Problem Assignments (30%)**

**These problems will require usage of the mathematical skills which are taught in MA 135 College Algebra. If you are not familiar with the necessary mathematics, then you will have to learn it as part of the course.**

**Major Term Paper (40%)**

(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 topicMUSTbe 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 topicMUSTbe approved by the instructor.

**MUST**be at least 10 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. If a student's paper is

**LESS THAN 10**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 30% of your sources may be taken from the Internet. NO WIKI!!!

**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 futhermore 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 Wednesday, January 19, 2011. The paper must be submitted to me no later than

**Monday, March 14, 2011.**

**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**

**Guidelines for Writing the Major Term Paper**

mathematicians indebted to him/her?

**Final Examination (20%)**

**Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 1:00 - 3:00 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 the regular classes, Friday, April 29, 2011.

**Possible Special Activities**

**Grading:**

90-100% A Class Preparation 10%

**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.

session. Review your notes regularly throughout the semester.

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.

**Miscellaneous:**What materials are you responsible for understanding?

**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 mathematics majors, any effort on your part less than this cannot be considered satisfactory.

**Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:**

**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.

- 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, 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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

**Disability Guidelines:**

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**Additional Information:**

**List of Famous Mathematicians**

**List of Topics**

2. The History of Pascal’s Triangle

**YOUR MAJOR**

36. Women in Mathematics

37. The Search for Prime Numbers

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