Math 147 - Calculus From an Historical Perspective - Course Calendar

The calendar presented below will be updated often over the course of the semester. Boolmark and visit this page often to stay informed about assignments, important deadlines, and hints to problems.

Notes:

Return to the course homepage.
 
August 2004
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 23  24 25

Plimpton 322
[sexagesimal notation; the Pythagorean Theorem; pre-Greek mathematics]

26
27

The Pythagorean School: Nicomachus' Introduction to Arithmetic (1.1)
[preeminence of number; quadrivium & trivium]

HW due: #1, 4

30

 

31 . . .
September 2004
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
. .

1

Zeno's paradoxes (3.3)
[natural philosophy; problem of the infinite; continuous vs. discrete; geometric series]

2

3

Hippocrates' lunes (3.2)
[Greek geometry; the area problem; the integral]

HW due: #1, 3, 5, 3B7, 3B8

 6

LABOR DAY

 7 8

Eudoxus' Method
[Construction problems; formal proof; Euclid's legacy; method of exhaustion]

9
10

--
 

13


14
15

Eratosthenes measures the Earth (1.2-1.3)
[Greek astronomy; applied geometry]

HW due: #2, 3

16
17

Aristarchus' astronomy (1.4-1.5)

HW due: #1, 2


20

 

21
22

Archimedes' Quadrature of the Parabola (3.1 and 3.4)

23
24

The tangent problem

HW due: 1E16, 1G23, 1G24, #3

27

 

28
29

Apollonius' Conics
[conic sections, symptoms of curves]

30
.


October 2004
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
. .
.
.

 

1

Modern reformulations (4.3-4.5)
[2nd degree polynomials]

HW due: #1, 2, 3, 4

4

 

 

5
6

Test #1
(Review)

 

7

FALL

8

HOLIDAY

11

 

12
13

Ptolemy's Almagest (2.1-2.2)
[early trigonometry]

First paper is due

14
15

epicycles and heliocentrism (2.3-2.7)

HW due: 4B11-4B15, #2-6

18

 

19
20

The birth of algebra
[Viète's Analytic Art]

21
22

Logarithms
[fast computation]

HW due: 2D8, #1, 3

 

25

 

26

ACADEMIC DAY

27

Kepler's Nova Astronomia
[birth of science]
(4.1, 4.7-4.10)

28

29

HW due: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5

November 2004
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2

3

Galileo decribes free-fall
[the derivative]

4
5

Galileo on ballistic motion

HW due: 4D33, 4D37-4D39
do these exercises, due 9/15

8

 

9
10

Fermat's adequation method
[optimization]
(5.6A)

11
12

Cavalieri's Principle, the integral power rule
(4.6)

HW due: #1-3, 1-2

15





 

16
18

HW due: 5F23-24, #2, 3, 13E36-39

19
20

Test #2
(Review)

22
23
24

 THANKS-

25

GIVING

26

HOLIDAY
 

29

30

 

 

 

December 2004
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 .

 

.
1

Leibniz' differentials and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
(5.1-5.4)

Second paper is due

2
3

Newton's De Analysi
(6.1-6.4)

 

6

 

7
8

HW due: 5C12-13, 6A1, 6B3, 6B6

9
10

wrap-up 

 13 14  15

FINAL EXAM
1:00-2:50

16