** MATH
4/7603853-WAC**

**An Introduction to the History of Mathematics**

**Instructor: Dr.
A. Boumenir**

**Location: Monday,
Wednesday 5:30-8:00, Boyd 301**

**Office: Boyd 321**

**Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-12:00 or by
appointment **

**Phone: 678-839-4131**

**Email: boumenir@westga.edu**

**Text: The
saga of mathematics, by Lewinter and Widulski, Prentice Hall, 2002.**

**Objective: This course is an introduction to the
history of Mathematics and its development from prehistoric times through the
late nineteenth century/early twentieth century. Emphasis is given to the
Problem solving aspect
of Mathematics and then to its history which includes key people, famous problems, cultural
influences and contemporary mathematics. **

**Learning Outcome:**

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**The student will state how the development of mathematics was influenced by society and environment during various historical eras. (L4, L3, L14, L5)****The student will learn about the various strategies in problem solving through the ages (L1, L2, L3)****The student will state how mathematics helped shape the society of various eras. (L4, L5, L14, L15)****The student will discuss how various subject fields of mathematics (including but not limited to: Algebra, Calculus, and Geometry) became areas of interest, why they were of interest, and who where the early leaders in the study of those particular fields. (L4, L5, L14, L15)****The student will use methods of specified historical eras and/or societies (e.g., the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and the Pythagoreans) in solving problems posed within each society. (L4, L5, L14, L15)****The student will discuss how the famous and/or infamous individuals in mathematics influenced the search and development of new mathematics. (L4, L5, L14, L15)****The student will be able to write facts, arguments, and/or questions about mathematics using correct grammatical style for both the English and mathematical text. (L4, L5, L14, L15)**

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**TESTS: There will be two exams on September 22 ^{nd} and November
17^{th}. Each will count **

**100
points towards your final grade.**

**FINAL: The
final is comprehensive and will be on Thursday December 15 ^{th} at
5:00-7:00 and counts 200 pts. **

**HOMEWORK:
Homework /quiz (WTL) will be assigned each week. Each assignment is worth 20 points**

**WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: (WTC)**

**You must write a 5-7 page paper on a Problem and explain
how its solution evolved with time. There are some ideas for topics in the
text. You may also consult with me for
topics. The deadlines for the various
drafts are as follows:**

** TOPIC
(10 points): Thursday, September 22 ^{nd} ^{ }**

** FIRST
DRAFT (15 points): Thursday,
October 6 ^{th}**

** SECOND
DRAFT (25 points): Thursday, October 20 ^{th} **

** FINAL
DRAFT (50 points): Thursday,
November 17 ^{th}**

** PRESENTATION Thursday
December 1 ^{st}**

**I will correct and grade the drafts for mathematical
accuracy and major grammatical problems.
The final draft should be free from any grammatical errors, which is
your responsibility. **

**10-12
****Quizzes/Homework (WTL exercises) **

**2
****75-minute tests during class periods.**

**1 5-7
page paper to be presented**

**1
**** Comprehensive
Final **

**The tests and final will include problems that use the
methodology of the various eras studied, questions involving time lines, and
essay questions that ask how the political, cultural, religious, and economical
situations affected the Mathematics of the times and vice versa. (WTL
exercises). **

**The presentation is part of the paper and judged on
coherence and clarity of presentation as well as originality of topic. The
write-up (a WTL exercise) will be 0-100 points and graded on clarity of style,
grammar, and spelling. References are
required. Hand written write-ups are not
acceptable. A hard copy or an e-copy
using MS-Word or a mutually acceptable word-processing file is expected.**

**Paper 5-7 pages in length (Illustrations and graphs
not to be included in the page count) (WTC exercise).**

**The paper should be typed or printed. The text should be double spaced and using a
12pt font. Topics may be about people,
problems, schools or controversies in mathematics and must have the instructors
consent. The bibliography must include
books, journal articles and Web addresses. **

**IMPORTANT: The paper must include at least one mathematical
result with its proof and will be presented to class at the end of the semester.**

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**The course grade is based on these 5 parts as follows:**

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**GRADES: Your
grade will be determined based on the following formula**

** TEST 200
points POINTS GRADE**

** PAPER 100 points 630-700 A**

** FINAL 200 points 560-630 B**

** HOMEWORK 100 points 490-560 C**

** Quizzes 100 points 420-490 D**

** 0-420 F**

**TOTAL 700
points **

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