**MATH 321: History of Mathematics**

**Prerequisites: Math 169 or Math 171 or permission of instructorCredit Hours: (3)**

This course will focus on the pursuit of mathematics as a human endeavor, illustrating how mathematics has developed over the past 5000 years including the contributions of diverse cultures. This course will cover not only the evolution and historical perspective of the development of mathematics, but will include a study of the mathematics itself.

**Detailed Description of Course**

Understanding the contributions of different individuals and cultures toward the development
of mathematics and the role of mathematics in culture and society, which will include:

1.Exploration of different civilizations’ number systems

2.Discovery of mathematics from ancient civilizations, such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China, India, and the Middle East

3.Analysis of mathematics during the medieval and renaissance periods

4.Development of the Calculus

5.Development of Probability Theory

6.Exploration into the history of Number Theory

7.Development of Non-Euclidean Geometries

**Detailed Description of Conduct of Course**

In addition to lecture, students will work collaboratively on assignments created
to help students understand the mathematics introduced throughout history. Modern
and classical forms of technology will be used to present and work the material in
and outside class.

**Goals and Objectives of the Course**

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) Examine the historical development of number systems, algebra, geometries,
calculus, and probability.

2) Utilize historically appropriate mathematical methods to solve relevant mathematical
problems of that time in history.

3) Examine the interconnection among the different branches of mathematics and
the expansive nature of mathematical development.

4) Learn how historical developments in mathematics have changed the fundamental
understanding of the world

**Assessment Measures**

Students will demonstrate content understanding via tests, homework problems, collaborative
work in class, class discussion, and/or course projects.

**Other Course Information**

None

Review and Approval

November 7, 2017

June 20, 2015