Week  #  Sec  Topic  Homework (updated Friday morning)  Due dates/Forms/Material 

Jan 27 
1 
1 1 1.2 1.3 
Administrative
stuff. What is mathematics? Primitive counting; Positional and nonpositional number systems. Mayan calendars.Babylonian number recording 
S1.2: 1 to 6, 11, 12, 13 S1.3: 1,2, 13, 14. (Assume that the Mayan is "honest" base 20) 
If you have been absent or will need to, please fill this
form (at any time of the semester). Timeline for the History of Mathematics (compiled by William H. Richardson of Wichita State University.) Number Systems Slides. That's mathematics (by Tom Lehrer) 
Feb 3 
2 
1.3 2.1 2.2, 
Egyptian Arithmetic and multiplication The Unit Fraction Table 
S1.3: 3,4, 5, 17 S2.3: 1,2 Why does the Egyptian algorithm for multiplication work? 
Homework 0 (due Feb
4) Form for choosing the topic of the presentation (due Feb 4) Sample quiz. A blog of the British Museum about the Rosetta Stone The topics and dates for the presentation are here. Presentations start 
Feb 10 
3 
2.3 2.4 
The Unit Fraction Table Egyptian geometry 
S2.3: 3, 19,
20 S2.4: 1a, b (review formulas for areas and volumes) Roman numerals 
Google Form for outline, bibibliography and slides for presentations Google form for evaluating presentations 
Feb 17 
4 
2.5 2.6 
Babylonian Mathematics 
No quiz this week.  
Feb 24 
5 
3.1, 3.2, 3.3 
Thales and Pythagoras 
"Decipher" Babylonian multiplication
tables. These problems (hint may not appear in the quiz). S2.5: 1. 

March 2 
6 
3.3, 4.1, 4.2 4.4, 4.3 4.5 
Euclid 
S3.2: 1. S3.3: 9, 15, 16, 17. And these problems 
Euclid's
elements website. The first six books of Euclid, by Oliver Byrne. Proclus about geometry and Euclid "Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare." BY EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY 
March 9 
7 
5.3, 5.5 
Archimedes Apollonius 
S4.5: 1a, 1d,1e, 2 (review the formulas for areas
and volumes), And these problems S5.3: 1, 13, 14, 16 S5.5: 16 

March 16 
Spring break  
March 23 


March 30 
8 
7.3 
Diophantus Islamic, Indian and Chinese mathematics during the "dark ages." (Early mathematics in India, The ancient chinese Nine Chapters) 
HW1 is here  The Google form for submitting the homework is here The topics and dates for recording the presentations are here. Note: I will arrange the exact time of presentation with each of you. The topic of the term paper is due on March 30th. Here is the term paper form. Here you'll find an outline of Chinese Mathematics by Prof.David E. Joyce. Here are the notes for the lecture of Tuesday March 31st (Ancient Chinese Square Root Algorithm). Here are the notes about Magic Squares. Here are the notes about Ancient Indian Mathematics. Here are a couple of questions about online teaching. 
April 6 
9  8.1, 8.2 
Fibonacci; Cardano and Tartaglia Fibnonacci (The HinduArabic Numerals, Fibonacci's Liber Quadrarorum) Cardano (Cardan's Solution of the Cubic Equation ) Galileo, Descartes (Inventing Cartesian Geometry, The algebraic aspect of geometry). 
HW 2: Consists of 4 problems. Problems 1, 2 and 3"hidden" in the notes of the last week lectures. There is also an extra credit problem. Problem 4: Give a detailed justification of the Ancient Chinese Square Root Algorithm for 55225 discusses on March 31st (Recall that we wrote the answer as 100a+10b+c...). 
The
tentative bibliography of the paper is due on April 9nd. Here
is the term paper form. Since access to libraries is not possible, you are not required to cite book sources. However, make sure that you use appropriate websites. Galileo's Arithmetic 
April 13 
10  9.1, 9.2, 9.3 
Galileo and Descartes The development of probability (De Mere problem of points, Pascal arithmetic triangle) 
The outline of the paper is due on April 16th. Here is the term paper form  
April 20 
11 
10.1 10.2 10.3 
Newton and Leibniz. 
A draft of the paper in PDF or Google Document must be submitted by April 23rd. Here is the term paper form  
April 27 
12 
11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 
Number theory from Fermat to Euler and Gauss. ((Numbers perfect and not so perfect, Fermat's Arithmetica)Euler's life and contributions, The legacy of Gauss: Congruence Theory)  
May 4 
13 
Review  Noneuclidean geometries Map coloring problems 
Term papers are due on Tuesday May 5th. Late papers will not be accepted. Read these instructions. The ONLY WAY of submitting term papers is through Blackboard>Assignments in PDF form. (Make sure you export your paper to PDF before uploading it). 