Mar 02, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MATH 120 - Mathematics as a Mirror: Cultural and Historical Approaches

Mathematics is a living field of study which has reflected cultural ideas and norms throughout the centuries.  This course will explore the relationship between culture and mathematics in Europe, Africa, and Asia across time. Course will be offered on odd numbered years. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern.

Credits: (4)

General Education Category: K6 - Individual & Society

General Education Pathways: P6 Ways of Knowing

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast different forms of mathematical reasoning used in different cultures and at different times.
  • Analyze the social networks through which mathematics is transmitted today, and how this was done in various cultures in the past.
  • Seek out and utilize research resources in the history of mathematics and science.
  • Evaluate claims that the political and social structure of a culture effects its mathematics using both historical and quantitative methods.
  • Articulate ways that social structures affect access which groups have access to mathematical knowledge.

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