II Math 310


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2009


Updated 18 April 2008 1 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE OF SUBMISSION: February 26, 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: MATHEMATICS, MIKE CULLINANE, 8-2505, MCULLINA@KEENE.EDU PROPOSAL SPONSOR: MATHEMATICS DICK JARDINE 8-2873 RJARDINE@KEENE.EDU PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: Conversion of the current MATH 310 to IIMATH 310 for inclusion in the Integrative Studies Program (ISP). CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: MATH 310 HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS A study of the development of various branches of mathematics from ancient times to the present. Investigates historical and multicultural influences on the development of mathematics, to include non-Western cultures. Includes research, writing and oral presentation requirements. Prerequisites: IQL 101 and ITW 101. Fall. PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: IIMATH 310 THE EVOLUTION OF MATHEMATICS Formatted: Indent: First line: 0.5" Updated 18 April 2008 2 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: How have cultural, historical, and scientific factors influenced the development of mathematics? This question is addressed via an interdisciplinary study of selected mathematical ideas from different historical time periods and cultures both Western and non-Western. Includes research, writing, and oral presentation requirements. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and IQL 101. Fall. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Course Outcomes Students will: • describe some of the historical, cultural, and scientific influences on the development of mathematics, to include non-Western cultures; • describe the development, over time and across cultures, of certain mathematical topics, including the roles of significant contributors; • investigate a topic in the history of mathematics, learning to differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources, and communicating the results in oral and written reports; • do mathematics in the manner of our predecessors, and in so doing develop a recognition for the advantages of and necessity for our present day methods and notation. Interdisciplinary Outcomes Students will be able to: • cross disciplinary boundaries to reveal new patterns and connections that reframe knowledge. Integrative Outcome Global Issues: Students will be able to: • demonstrate knowledge about cultures, societies, religious worldview and/or political/economic systems outside of the Western context. Skills Outcomes Writing: Students will be able to: • support complex perspectives, positions and/or arguments; • use organization effectively to communicate ideas; • use revision effectively as part of the writing process. Critical Dialogue: Students will be able to: Updated 18 April 2008 3 • organize what they wish to convey; • meet allotted time guidelines; • use language appropriate for the audience or other discussion participants; • use credible evidence to support or refute an idea. RATIONALE: The current MATH 310 addresses the development of mathematical ideas and applications from mathematical, historical, cultural, and scientific perspectives. In addition, the course considers how mathematics has contributed to many other fields of study, and how these other disciplines have in turn enriched the subject of mathematics. It therefore makes sense to revise the course as an interdisciplinary offering in the Integrative Studies Program. As the course builds on both ISP foundations courses, ITW-101 and IQL-101, it would appear most suitable to offer it at the upper-level. RESOURCES: No additional staffing is necessary as the proposal simply ensures that an existing course addresses appropriate outcomes of the Integrative Studies Program so that it can become an Interdisciplinary offering in that program. For the same reasons, no additional library resources will be required. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None


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II Math 310