Math 410 (Topics in History of Mathematics for Secondary and Middle School Teachers)
Spring 2013

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The final exam is now available.

General Information

The Basics

Important Dates

Homework Problems

Homework will be assigned every week and collected the following week in class. Here is the full list of problems (last update: 4/24/13). I continually add new problems, so make sure you have the current version each week (and that the problems match what we did in class the previous Wednesday!)

Homework #1 (due January 30): Problems 1, 2, 3.
Homework #2 (due February 6): Problems 4, 5, 6. Here is the blog post referenced in problem 4.
Homework #3 (due February 13): Problems 9, 10.
Homework #4 (due February 20): Problem 11.
Homework #5 (due February 27): Problems 12, 13.
Homework #6 (due March 6): Problem 16.
Homework #7 (due March 13): Problem 19.
Homework #8 (due April 3): Problem 17. Extra credit: Problem 21.
Here's the solution to Problem 21.
Homework #9 (due April 10): Problem 18.
No homework due April 17.
Homework #10 (due April 24): Problem 22.
Homework #11 (due May 1): Problem 24.
Homework #12 (due May 8): Problem 25.

Class Notes

Ancient Egyptian geometry (1/23/13)
Some Greek math: Thales and Pythagoras (1/30/13)
Prime numbers (2/6/13)
Measuring the circumference of the earth (2/13/13) (Figure only)
Supplement on the sunset method
The three classic problems of geometry (2/20/13)
Conic sections (2/27/13)
Infinity I: Bijections (3/6/13)
Infinity II: Cantor's diagonal argument (3/13/13)
The origins of graph theory (3/27/13)
The Four-Color Theorem (4/3/13)
Samples from the history of probability and statistics (4/24/13)
The birthday problem (5/1/13)

Sources for the material in these notes include:

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Final Exam

In lieu of an in-class final exam, there will be a take-home project due at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 17 (the ending time of the scheduled final).

Final Exam [PDF]

The Rules: Write up your answers and e-mail a copy to Prof. Martin (e-mail address at bottom of page) as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. Answer each question briefly - two or three sentences at most. You may refer to any notes, text, or reliable Web source. Cite the source for every answer you give. Do not copy and paste text (which would be plagiarism), but read the source you find and write a short answer in your own words. You may not ask any person any question.


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