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Course:  Math 163   (Course Catalog)

Title:  History of Mathematics

Credit Hours:  4

Prerequisites:  Math 2B

Catalog Description:  Topics will vary from year to year in areas of mathematics and their development. Topics may include the evolution of mathematics from the Babylonian period to the eighteenth century using original sources, a history of the foundations of mathematics and the development of modern mathematics.

Text:  Journey through Mathematics, Enrique A. González-Velasco, Springer, 2011.

Homework:  There will be regular homework assignments.

Exams:  There will be one midterm (in class) exam and a final exam.

  • Midterm exam: 04 May 2015 (Mon of Week 6) in class.
  • Final exam: 08 Jun 2015 (Mon) 8:00a - 10:00a. (Location: CENTR 113 or CENTR 212.)
  • Students have an assigned room and seat for the final exam. See the Ted Grade Center for your assignment.
Bring your student ID and pens/pencils with which to write. No books or notes are allowed. You may not use a calculator or other electronic device. Make sure to justify your answers (credit will not be given for "inspired" answers). Remember that part of each problem is to set it up and to arrive at the answer by a progression of logical steps. Write legibly and put your name and section number on your exam.

Grading:  Your Math 163 grade will be calculated according to the following table:

Component Percentage
Homework 15%
Projects 10%
Paper 20%
Peer Review 5%
Midterm 20%
Final 30%

After your average is calculated, letter grades will be assigned based on your performance (relative to the class).

Please notice that outside factors, including the need for a certain grade for admission/retention in any academic program, scholarship or transfer credit, graduation requirements or personal desire for a specific grade DO NOT appear in the above calculations, and thus are not considered in any way in the determination of your course grade. Effort, improvement, class attendance and participation will all dramatically improve your grade in the course in that they will allow you to do well on homework, exams, and the final exam. They will NOT, however, actively participate in the calculation of your course grade.

Grade Recording Errors:  Keep all of your returned homework and exams. If there is any mistake in the recording of your scores, you will need the original assignment/exam in order for us to make a change.

Regrades:  All graded material will be returned in discussion sections. If you wish to have your exam regraded, you must return it immediately to your TA. Regrade requests will not be considered once the exam leaves the room. If you do not retrieve your exam during discussion section, you must arrange to pick it up from your TA within one week after it was returned in order for any regrade request to be considered.

Make-up Exams:  Make-up exams will not be given. However, if you miss the midterm exam because of extraordinary circumstances, such as a serious illness or family emergency, and document the circumstances, then you may substitute your final exam score for the missed exam.

Fine Exam:  It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not have a schedule conflict involving the final examination. You should not enroll in this class if you cannot sit for the final examination at its scheduled time.

Late Homework:  Late homework assignments will not be accepted. Accommodations will be made on homework only under extraordinary circumstances. Please understand that accepting late work in less extreme cases is unfair to other students.

Academic Integrity:  Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense at UCSD. Students caught cheating will face an administrative sanction which may include suspension or expulsion from the university. It is in your best interest to maintain your academic integrity.
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