Math/Hist. Sci. 473, History of Math - Spring 2018
605 Van Vleck Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:30; or by appointment.
"Mathematics and its History" (Springer, 3rd edition) by John Stillwell, ISBN 978-1441960528
We will give a broad overview of the history and development of modern
mathematics from the Greek period to the present. The course will
interleave historical developments with actual mathematical results
(theorems, proofs, etc.), so a certain level of mathematical maturity
will be required (at approximately the level of a 400+ level course in math).
- Lecture 1: TR, 9:30-10:45, B302 Birge Hall.
HW will be worth 40%, and the final project 60% of your grade.
If you score 90% or higher, you will get an A; if you score 80% or higher, you will at least get a B;
if you score 70% or higher, you will at least get a C; if you score 60% or higher, you will at least
get a D.
Homework will be set every other Thursday and due the following
Thursday. You are encouraged to discuss the exercises with your
classmates but the work you hand in should be your own.
For the final projects you will work in teams of 3. Early on
in the semester I will divide you into teams.
- 1st Homework, due Feb. 8: Problems 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.3.1, 1.4.2, 2.2.2, 2.3.3 from the book.
- 2nd Homework, due Mar. 1: Problems 3.2.2, 3.2.5, 3.4.3, 4.2.2-4.2.4 from the book. Moreover, use the extended Euclidean algorithm presented in class to find an inverse of 9 modulo 26, that is, a number x such that 9x = 1 mod 26.