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History of Mathematics (301-49-201) Instructor:  Ash, J.M.
Quarter:  Winter, 2005
Time:  MWF 12:00-1:00
Campus:  LPC
Room:  Levan 504
Homepage: http://www.depaul.edu/~mash/
E-mail: mash@math.depaul.edu
Phone(s): (773)325-4216
Fax: (773)325-7807
Office: 519 SAC
Office Hours: M 1-2, WF 9:40-10:40, also by appointment





MAT 149, 151, 161, or 171, or placement by the Mathematics Diagnostic Test. Prerequisites are strictly enforced by the Math Department. A prerequisite can only be waived by approval of the instructor and the department chair.

Textbooks and other materials

The History of Mathematics, fifth edition by David M. Burton, McGraw-Hill.

Summary of Course

Euclid and the Elements, Euclidean Geometry, Euclid's Number Theory, Eratosthenes, the Wise Man of Alexandria, Archimedes, The Decline and Revival of Learning, The Liber Abaci and Liber Quadratorum, The Fibonacci Sequence, Fibonacci and the Pythagorean Problem, Europe in the 14th and 15 Centuries, The Battle of the Scholars, Cardan's Ars Magna, Ferrari's Solution of the Quartic Equation, Attempts to Prove the Parallel Postulate, The Founders of Non-Euclidean Geometry, The Age f Rigor, and Arithmetic Generalized. These topics consist of chapters 4, 6, 7, and 11 of the text.

Homework and Grading Policy

Midterm and final exams, in class and closed book will count equally in determining a preliminary grade. Homework will be assigned each class day, discussed the next class day, collected the next class day and will increase or decrease the preliminary grade by at most one grade. For example, B+ and satisfactory homework = A-. Make-up exams will not be given. The final exam will be from 8:45-11:00 on Thursday, March 17, 2005.


Classroom lectures and discussion.

DePaul University's Academic Integrity Policy

Students must abstain from any violations of academic integrity and set examples for each other by assuming full responsibility for their academic and personal development, including informing themselves about and following the university's academic policy. Violations of academic integrity include but are not limited to the following categories: cheating; plagiarism; fabrication; falsification or sabotage of research data; destruction or misuse of the university's academic resources; alteration or falsification of academic records; and academic misconduct. Conduct that is punishable under the Academic Integrity Policy could result in additional disciplinary actions by other university officials and possible civil or criminal prosecution. To review the complete Academic Integrity Policy of the University, please go to http://condor.depaul.edu/~handbook/code17.html .