Course Code: MATH-608

Credit hours: 02

Course prerequisite :  

The prerequisite for this course is an intense interest in mathematics. There are no other prerequisites for it other than a familiarity with plane geometry and algebra. Our study will reach just to the beginnings of calculus since we won't have time in one semester for more.

Course goals.

Content goals:

  • follow the development of mathematics from early number systems to the invention of calculus
  • read and understand some historical mathematics
  • survey the development and use of methods of computation, some of which involve tools such as the abacus
  • study the mathematics of various different civilizations, their conception and use of mathematics, and how the historical conditions of those civilizations affected and were affected by mathematics

Historical perspective goals:

  • develop your capacity to understand the contemporary world in the larger framework of tradition and history
  • focus on the problems of interpreting the past and can also deal with the relationship between past and present
  • introduce students to the ways scholars think critically about the past, present and future

Other goals:

  • Develop your ability to present mathematics and history in spoken and written forms
  • Help you practice research skills
  • Satisfy, in part, your curiosity of how mathematics developed and how it fits into culture

Course objectives.

  • When you have finished this course you should be able to:
  • describe the development of various areas of mathematics within and across various civilizations
  • describe the changing character of mathematics over time and recognize the distinction between formal and intuitive mathematics
  • give examples of significant applications of mathematics to commerce, science, and general life, past and present
  • understand that history includes the interpretation the past, not just facts
  • better research historical questions and present your conclusions to others

Recommended Books:

  1. The History of Mathematics, Third Edition,  Roger L. Cooke

Assessment Criteria:

Sessional: 20 

Mid-Term Exam:  30

Final-Term Exam: 50

Key Dates and Time of Class Meeting:

Program:: Msc Mathematics

Class: 4th Semester(Regular) 

  1. Monday (08:30 am - 09:30 am)
  2. Thursday (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Class: 4th Semester(S.S) 

  1. Monday (02:00 pm - 03:30 pm)
  2. Wednesday (03:30 pm - 04:30 pm)

Commencement of Classes                                                   Feburary 22, 2021 (Monday)

Mid Term Examination                                                            April 19 to 23, 2021 (Monday to Friday)

Final Term Examination                                                          June 21 to 25, 2021 (Monday to Friday)

Declaration of Result                                                              July 02, 2021 (Friday)

Course Material