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Mansfield University... Developing Tomorrow's Leaders Mathematics - Course Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes

MA 305 / 306 History Of Mathematics

Course Objectives: This course will:

  1. Present the history of mathematics as a tool for life and the secondary classroom, and in contexts as part of a cultural heritage.
  2. Present concepts of numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems.
  3. Discuss the interconnections among the various branches of mathematics.
  4. Develop clear mathematical communication skills, demonstrating precise mathematical language and well-organized thinking.
  5. Present the concept and importance of various kinds of mathematical models.
  6. Discuss the nature of axiomatic reasoning.
  7. Develop the ability to read and comprehend mathematical proofs.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students in this course will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the significance of the history of mathematics, particularly in the context of the secondary classroom.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of numbers, number systems, and representations of numbers.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of mathematics.
  4. Demonstrate excellent communications skills in mathematics.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the significance of mathematical models over the course of mathematics history.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the significance and nature of axiomatic reasoning.
  7. Demonstrate ability to read and discuss mathematical proofs.

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