Mathematics 321

MATH 321
History of Mathematics

1. Catalog Entry

MATH 321
History of Mathematics

Credit hours (3)
Prerequisites: MATH 251 or permission of instructor.

Matrix Operations, systems of linear equations, Gaussian elimination, determinants, basic The pursuit of mathematics as a human endeavor, illustrating how mathematics has developed over the past 5000 years including the contributions of diverse cultures. This course will cover not only the evolution and historical perspective of the development of mathematics, but will include a study of the mathematics itself.

2. Detailed Description of Course

    1) Primitive Number Systems
    2) Classical Mathematics
    3) Medieval and Renaissance Mathematics
    4) Development of the Calculus
    5) Development of Probability Theory
    6) History of Number Theory
    7) Development of Non-Euclidean Geometries

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

In addition to lecture, students will work collaboratively on assignments created to help students understand the mathematics introduced throughout history. Modern and classical forms of technology will be used to present and work the material in and outside class.

4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
    1) Examine the historical development of number systems, algebra, geometries, calculus, and probability.
    2) Utilize historically appropriate mathematical methods to solve relevant mathematical problems of that time in history.
    3) Examine the interconnection among the different branches of mathematics and the expansive nature of mathematical development.
    4) Learn how historical developments in mathematics have changed the fundamental understanding of the world

5. Assessment Measures

Students will demonstrate content understanding via tests, homework problems, collaborative work in class, class discussion, and/or course projects.

6. Other Course Information


Review and Approval

June 20, 2015