Class, Contact Information and Office Hours.
Instructor: Voula Collins
Office: Monteith 406
Class Meetings: Section 002 - MWF 11:15 - 12:05 pm Mont 110
Section 003 - MWF 1:25 - 2:15 pm Mont 110
Office Hours: M 12:10-1:10 pm
Tu 3:30-5:00 pm
F 9:15-10:45 am
The course textbooks are
Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham
Math through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others (Expanded Second Edition) by William P. Berlinghoff and Fernando Q. Gouvea
In addition we will use the following online resource:
The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archives (University of St Andrews)
Grading. Grades will be computed using the following point break-down:
- Individual and Group-Work Assignments, Class Participation: 25%;
- Paper 1 (3 pages): 20%
- Paper 2 (5 pages): 25%
- Paper 3 (7 pages): 30%
According to UCONN policies for W courses, you cannot pass this course unless you receive a passing grade for its writing component (papers 1, 2, and 3).
Individual and Group Work Assignments. Small individual or group-work assignments, aimed at practicing mathematical concepts and writing techniques, will be given almost every week. Some of the assignments will be worked at during class-time; others will be given as homework. In all cases, assignments are due the Wednesday after they were assigned. Each week's assignment will be graded on a scale of 0 to 10 (divided among the various components). For group-works: the group will submit one completed assignment and each member of the group will receive the grade awarded for this joint submission. Most group-works will be started in class, and absent students will not be able to receive credit for the group-work they missed, unless there is a serious reason for their absence.
Extra Help. I encourage you to come to my office for help during office hours, and I will be happy to find other times when we can meet if my office hours schedule does not fit your schedule. Since part of the purpose of this course is to help you learn how to write effectively, you may also wish to consult the tutors at the UCONN Writing Center.
Synopsis. A historical study of the growth of the various fields of mathematics.
Credit and Prerequisites.
Math 2720W is a 3--credit course with prerequisites (i) MATH 2110Q or 2130Q, and 2210 or 2410Q, or (ii) MATH 2144Q or 2420; and ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 3800. This course may not be counted in any of the major groups described in the Mathematics Department listing.
Note to Students with Disabilities. Students who need accommodations because of a disability are encouraged to meet with me early in the semester. Students should also contact the Center for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible to verify their eligibility for reasonable accommodations. For more information, please go to the CSD website.