Math 320     History of Mathematics     Summer 2010

Instructor: Sunil Chebolu


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Music


Paper submission

Each student in the class should write a paper and submit it by the end of the last week of this summer term. Here I provide some suggestions. Here are some important things to keep in mind Here are some ideas for papers: Note: Things in red have already been taken by someone.


Presentations

The presentations of your projects will spread over 3 days: July 6, 7 and 8. You must attend all the presentations on all 3 days (This is very important!). There is a lot you can learn from your classmates. So don't miss any presentation. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you present your paper.

FINAL SCHEDULE
Date
Time
Speaker(s)
Title
July 6 3:40 - 4:05 Ashley Alex and Christine Larson     Pythagorean theorem in different civilizations [Talk]
    -- 4:10 - 4:35 Nicholas Witt     The work of Archimedes [Talk]
    -- 4:40 - 5:05 Andrew Wendling     Vedic Mathematics
5 minutes break
    -- 5:15 - 5:40 Rachel Barnett     Approximations to the number "pi" [Talk]
    -- 5:45 - 6:10 Maria Paduret     The History of Logarithms [Talk]
July 7 3:40 - 4:05 Victoria Leffelman     Non-Euclidean Geometry [Talk]
    -- 4:10 - 4:35 Justin Walega     The Heliocentric Model [Talk]
    -- 4:40 - 5:05 Jennifer Grandfield and Ashley Runck     Religion's influence on the mathematical world [Talk]
5 minutes break
    -- 5:15 - 5:40 Jana Behm     Mathematics and Elections [Talk]
    -- 5:45 - 6:10 Course Evaluations     Bring a pencil
July 8 3:40 - 4:05 Patrick Bailey     Finding the radius of the earth using a picture [Talk]
    -- 4:10 - 4:35 Michelle Mendez and Caitlin Roberts     Geography and Navigation in the Renaissance [Talk]
    -- 4:40 - 5:05 Kevin Bugusky and Regmigius Mbah     How gravity effects geodesics, the study of catenary and cycloids [Talk]
5 minutes break
    -- 5:15 - 5:40 Brian Jarell     Absent
    -- 5:45 - 6:10 Everyone     Concluding remarks




Reading Assignments

  1. Week 1 (June 14 - 20)

  2. Week 2 (June 21 - 27)

  3. Week 3 (June 28 - July 4)

Homework Problems

(Due weekly, but will be updated daily.)

  1. Week 1 (June 14 - 20)
  2. Week 2 (June 21 - 27)
  3. Week 3 (June 28 - July 4)
  4. Week 4 (July 5 - July 10)