This capstone course is a seminar course which investigates mathematics from a historical perspective, including the mathematics of ancient, classical, and modern worlds.
We will investigate the development of certain mathematical concepts and the role mathematics and mathematicians have played in culture and society over time.
Since this is a seminar, to a certain extent, the content will be driven by the interests of the students. Students will take turns developing and giving classroom presentations and leading discussions.
As appropriate, problems based on the mathematics being studied will be assigned.
Each student will be required to maintain a portfolio of their work in this course, which will include:
Responses and reflections on presentations
Short assigned writings.
Paper and materials used for presentation(s).
The final project will be a paper and brief oral presentation on a topic of the presenter's choice.
Course topics will be predominantly taken from:
Expectations and Requirements:
Special Note: If you are a student with a disability, please meet with me immediately to discuss the accommodations you will need during class activity, examinations, and out of class assignments in order to participate fully and demonstrate your abilities.
1. Academic Honesty: Plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty
on any assignments, tests, or quizzes will not be tolerated. If the instructor
finds that a student has engaged in dishonesty, the student may be referred
to the Dean of Academic Affairs for appropriate action.
2. Quizzes and Exams: Students are expected to be present for all exams. No exams or quizzes may be made up unless the student has contacted the instructor and received permission prior to the date of the original exam or quiz. This includes students participating in athletics who must arrange to take the quiz or exam on or before the scheduled date.
3. Assignments: Assignments, unless otherwise specified by the instructor, are to be completed individually. While students are encouraged to consult each other for ideas for assignments, the solutions should be completed individually. Any help one student gives another should be instructional help only. If the instructor feels that a student has not completed an assignment individually, the instructor may question the student on that assignment. The student should be able to explain how he/she worked the problem and should be able to work similar problems. Late assignments will not be accepted without permission. For problem assignments, write out complete answers NEATLY and CLEARLY. You must show your work! Partial credit is given when work is shown even if the answer is incorrect. However, correct answers without any work shown will in general be given no credit. Start homework early and see me for help with problems you don't know how to work! It is inappropriate to ask how to do a problem in class the day it is due!!!! Staple your pages together before submitting.
4. Class Preparation and Participation:
a) Keep up with reading assignments. To receive the maximum grade on attendance and participation the student must read assignments prior to class, be prepared to ask and respond to questions, and be an actively engaged participant in class.
b) Take good notes and review notes on a regular basis as well as promptly begin and continue work on assignments as they are assigned.
c) Attendance is required. If you must miss class due to illness or other valid excuse (e.g. athletic event) please send me email or telephone with an explanation prior to the class date.
5. Getting Help:
Students who do not understand a concept should do the following:
a) Ask questions in class. (More than likely other students do not understand as well.)
b) Seek individual help from the instructor. I am more than willing to give you the extra help you may need. Come in during office hours or make an appointment. Tutoring (free) can also be arranged either through me or through counseling services.
c) Share with me any concerns you may have or any suggestions you have for the class structure that will help you learn more effectively.
The above content and requirements are tentative and subject to change according to time constraints and other factors as determined by the instructor.