MT2901 - Mathematical concepts through history
2022 to 2023 (Semester 1)
Curricular information may be subject to change
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Key module information
SCQF level 8
Only available to those enrolling on the MA Combined Studies or already enrolled on the MA/BSc General degree taken in the evening
6.00 - 9.00 pm Wed
Dr I J Falconer
Dr Deborah Kent
This module will trace the historical origins and development of some fundamental mathematical concepts - such as ideas relating to number and shape - and processes such as proof, iteration and generalisation. The module views mathematics as a human activity, shaped by people's experience, need, and curiosity. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and processes studied together with the historical and societal contexts that supported them. The evolving concept of number will create a timeline through the module from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. The selection of other topics in any year will be dependent on staff availability.
Coursework = 100% (33% class test 1, 33% class test 2, 34% essay).
Coursework = 50%, 2-hour Written Examination = 50%
Learning and teaching methods and delivery
1 x 2.5-hour session: lectures, tutorials, seminars, presentations
Scheduled learning hours
Guided independent study hours
Intended learning outcomes
- Discuss interactions between mathematics and wider culture in the past
- Explain some fundamental mathematical concepts
- Discuss how some mathematical concepts have changed through time
- Explain some common mathematical processes
- Construct and present a historical argument
Additional information from school
This module runs in alternate even years (2020/21, 2022/23, etc).