last modified: 2/2/2011

- MWF
**11:00 - 11:50, Thompson 383**

- Wednesday, May 11, noon - 2:00. We will not have a final exam in this class (actually, we will not have exams in this class). The final exam period will be used for turning in the term paper.

**Math 420 lecture and papers schedule**

**C****olumbia
Hstory Of Science Group**

- Burton, David M.:
*The History of Mathematics*, Seventh edition McGraw-Hill 2011 - Struik, Dirk J.: A Concise History of Mathematics, Dover Publications, 1987
- Other readings as assigned.
**A particularly useful resource**is The MacTutor History of Mathematics web page at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland).

**Instructor:**

- Bob Matthews
- Office: Thompson 390E
- Extension 3561
- My schedule
- Office hours (tentative)
- 2:00 - 2:50 TThF
- 10:00 - 10:50 Wednesday
- Or by appointment.
- If you catch me free at any time, please feel free to drop in. Messages sent via email are welcome, and can be used to ask a question or to set up an appointment.

- Email messages
are welcome, and can
be used to ask a question or to set up an appointment. My schedule is posted
**here**. Hours marked 'O. H.' are office hours, and hours marked 'open' on my schedule**may**be available for appointments (to be made in advance), but are not office hours and I may not be in my office during 'open' hours unless I have set up an appointment with you. If none of the scheduled office hours work out for you, please send me an email.

**Mode of instruction:**

- Lecture and discussion

- Homework will be assigned frequently (probably weekly), and homework assignments will be due at least two regular class periods following the assignment (leaving a day before an assignment is due to discuss any questions or problems). From each homework set I will select several problems to grade. Questions on any problems, assigned or not, are, of course, welcome. The cumulative weight of the homework will be one unit of your course evaluation.
- Four extended essays. These will be papers responding to a topic specified three weeks before the due date of the paper. I will either specify a single topic, or give you a choice of topics from which you may pick one to respond to. Each extended essay will develop an idea from the course discussion so far, will include appropriate citations and the use of sources beyond the textbooks and the web, and will be graded in part on the quality of writing and clarity of expression. Each of the extended essays will have the weight of one unit in your course evaluation.
- A term paper, having the weight of two units. This will be a final paper to be turned in by the date and time given for the final exam. There will not be a final exam in this class.
- Your final grade will then be (cumulative homework (adjusted to 100 pts) + four extended essays (100 pts. each) + final term paper (200 pts.)) / 7. More details on the extended essays and the term paper can be found here.

- I will make every effort to return homework and extended essays no later than a week from the time they are turned in. That is, papers turned in on a Wednesday should be returned no later than the following Wednesday.
- Math 420 is a special topics course. These courses are used to explore a topic not currently in the Mathematics curriculum at Puget Sound. In some cases a special topics course is used to try out and evaluate a course for possible inclusion in the Department's regular course offerings and in the University Bulletin. What this means for us is that the schedule of topics is likely to be more fluid for this course this semester than it is for more established courses. Please expect that to happen. However, the schedule of extended essays, the ways in which student work is evaluated and a final grade computed, and the other more mechanical parts of the course are intended to remain as described in this document. Please keep track of the links below to the this week / next week / previous weeks pages which describe in more detail what we will be doing for the next two weeks and what we have done in the past.
- We will use Moodle for PDF files of lectures. Moodle will only be used to store these PDF files. Assignments and other communications will be through these web pages and email.
**No class work (except for the final paper) will be accepted after the last day of class (Wednesday, May 4).**- A note on withdrawal dates: (copied from the Academic Handbook)
- Withdrawal without record on the academic transcript is permissible through the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters when a student completes official withdrawal procedures.
- Withdrawal Passing (W) is granted during the third through sixth weeks of the fall and spring semesters when a student completes official withdrawal procedures.
- After the sixth week of the semester, Withdrawal Failing
(WF) is given except as noted below.
- During the
seventh through twelfth weeks of the fall and spring
semesters, a grade of W may be granted by the instructor
only if all of the following conditions are met:
- (1) a student completes official withdrawal procedures and
- (2) there have been exceptional circumstances beyond the student's control, in which case the student must demonstrate in writing to the satisfaction of the instructor that exceptional circumstances exist, and
- (3) either the student's work has been of passing quality or the exceptional circumstances have prevented the student from completing work of passing quality. An instructor may assign a W grade using the Faculty Withdrawal Grade Submission Form available from the Office of the Registrar.

- After the twelfth week of classes, the Academic Standards Committee may permit a grade of W to be assigned. The student must withdraw from the course and submit a petition to support a claim of exceptional circumstances. The petition must include a statement by the course instructor on the quality of the student's work in the course. If the petition is approved, a grade of W is assigned. If the petition is denied, a grade of WF is assigned.

- During the
seventh through twelfth weeks of the fall and spring
semesters, a grade of W may be granted by the instructor
only if all of the following conditions are met:

- Weekly Schedules
- Assignments
- Notes on extended essays and the term paper
- Bibliography (a work in progress)
- The last time I taught this course
- Columbia History of Science Conference (Web Page - or check with Professor Kristin Johnson in the STS program)
- Extended Essays
- Extended Essay #1 (due Feb. 25)
- Extended essay #2 (due March 25)
- Extended Essay #3 (due April 22)
- Extended Essay #4 (due May 4)