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This interdisciplinary course offers an introduction to the development of mathematics from antiquity to the present. Moving beyond an outline of the development of mathematical ideas in Europe and its colonies, students will also study mathematical developments in other cultures, including the ancient Mesopotamian, Chinese, Indian and Egyptian civilizations, and the medieval Islamic caliphate. An emphasis will be placed on the understanding of mathematical developments in broader historical and cultural context. Students will discuss various points of view concerning selected core controversies in mathematics, research and write about the contributions of individuals or cultural groups to the development of mathematics, and solve a variety of mathematical problems of historical interest.
Prerequisites: Good algebraic and expository writing skills.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Mathematics and Other World Civilizations.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Meets General Education Requirement In: Mathematics-Full;Other World Civilizations-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep. Nov.
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