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This course surveys the historical development of mathematics. Mathematical pedagogy, concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving are studied from a historical perspective. The course aims at serving the needs of a wide student audience as well as connecting the history of mathematics to other fields such as the sciences, engineering, economics, and social sciences. The course explores the major themes in mathematics history: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, statistics, and advanced mathematics. The historical development of these themes is studied in the context of various civilizations ranging from Babylonia and Egypt through Greece, the Far and Middle East, and on to modern Europe. Topics covered include ancient mathematics, medieval mathematics, early modern mathematics, and modern mathematics.
Advisory: It is advisable to have knowledge equivalent to MAT 231: Calculus I in order to succeed in this course. Students are responsible for making sure they have this knowledge. This course will not fulfill the Higher Level Math requirement with the ASAST/BSAST degree programs.
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