Spring 2008



Math 630 –Section 301

History of Mathematics/Problem Solving I

 Room 254, Schmidt Academic Center (S.A.C.)


Saturday, March 29, 9:00-5:00

Sunday, March 30, 9:00-3:00

Saturday, April 26, 9:00-5:00

Saturday, May 31, 9:00-5:00

Sunday, June 1, 9:00-3:00


Instructor: Stefan Catoiu

Office: 526 S.A.C. (2320 N. Kenmore Avenue)

Phone: (773) 325-4669  

E-mail: scatoiu@condor.depaul.edu

Office hours: TuTh 4:30-5:30                    


Textbook: The History of Mathematics: An Introduction, by David M. Burton, Sixth Edition, McGraw-Hill. (Fifth edition is also good)


Course description: This is the first of a two-quarter course in the history of mathematics. It covers the period from the most ancient times to the Renaissance of Mathematics, and hopefully we will be able to get to the Mechanical World of Descartes and Newton. The course is designed for education and mathematics majors and for any other students interested in learning great topics of mathematics in their historical perspective. The focus will be on solving problems like the ones that concerned mathematicians from the above period, and for this reason the course will look more like a math course than a history course. To some extent, this class will provide you with new ideas, topics, and materials that you might like to use with your teaching.



Exams and Grading Policy: The grade for the class will be computed as follows:


Midterm:150 points  -  Saturday, April 26, 9:00-10:00.

Final :     150 points – Due Friday, June 6, at 1:00 PM.


Your total score divided by 3 will be a number between 0 and 100. The grade will be computed as follows:                              

87-100 ……….…A






Review Session: Wednesday, April 23, 6:00 -- 8:00PM.

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