History of Mathematics (Math 436), Spring 2017 (Rutgers, NB)

(Last Update: April 24, 2017) http://sites.math.rutgers.edu/~zeilberg/math436_17.html

This class fulfills the writing requirement of Rutgers. An important part of writing is reading. I am not a history professor, and will not cover any of the historical narrative in class. You are expected to read it on your own. One half of each homework assignment consists of summarizing (in one or two pages, in your own words, and own handwriting) each assigned reading portion. During the quizzes and exams, you can look at your notebook (but no books allowed, neither, of course, the internet). The other half of each homework assignment will be to perform an algorithm or proof presented in class. In each class we will decide together what historically (and mathematically) important algorithm or proof to cover, andI will assign homework (about the studied algorithm or proof) in class (and post it on-line after class).

The quizzes and exams will also be half "history" (and you are welcome to consult your hand-written notebook) and one half "real math" (inspired by the history), that will be covered in class. Homework will be assigned, based on what we did in class, each time, the night after each class.

Added Feb. 26, 2017: Decide on a topic for final project.

You are welcome to participate in the on-going Challenge ProblemsContest [totally optional, for fun and glory, and modest prizes, does not influence the grade at all]

To find out magic word-squares with students' name, find your file-name in this directory

For some of the homework you need to print out square-paper .

For the Two Proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem, download the pictures in this directory .


Added April 27, 2017: Congratulations to the winners of the Challenge ProblemsContest

They each win a π T-shirt (with many formuals involving π) [Originally the prize was supposed to be the book "How To Solve it" by George Polya, but it is a free download for everyone!]

Congratulations also to the runner-ups:

Added May 1, 2017: The winners of the peer-reviewed oral presentations are (the averages out of 10)

Added May 4, 2017: Read the students' fascinating essays

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