5530 Final Course Project

If I have seen further it is only by standing on ye shoulders of giants.
[Isaac Newton in a Letter to Robert Hooke, dated 5 February 1675]

Einstein and Leisureguy's (Michael Han) grandson. Posted March 23, 2007.

Choose a topic related to class
  1. Create an annotated bibliography that lists references related to the teaching of your topic in the high school classroom. Your annotated bibliography may contain, for example, worksheets on the web, textbooks or books for teachers, journal articles, etc. For each reference, the annotation should summarize the relevant portion of the reference and specify the connections to how the topic is taught.
  2. Summarize how we covered the topic in this class and include any important related results or theorems.
  3. 2-Page or 3-Page Timeline of Historical and Modern Importance and Applications. Create an attractive and professional timeline. Be sure to include the important contributions as well as interesting pictures that relate to your topic, such as pictures of some of the mathematicians. Approximate dates can be noted as ~1762 or by a range of dates, such as 1700-1800. Here is a sample timeline from linear algebra and from first year seminar

Library Teaching References

Try the library databases Eric, Jstor, or Springer.

The CD entitled "Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics" (Katz and Michalowicz, 2004) contains many modules of historical content. It is listed in the library catalog and it is also available for you to look at in my office hours. The library catalog can contain many useful references. Historical References Library books office contain a wealth of historical information.

Websites such as the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive (O'Connor and Robertson, 2005) provide an extensive collection of articles on particular people and topics. The Earliest Known Uses of Some of the Words of Mathematics (Miller, J, 2008) can provide history on the development as well as the first published appearance of terms.

Some topic searches may yield many unrelated pages or be too general a search - for example, similarity means many different things in real-life. A modified search such as the history of "similar triangles" can be more productive and it leads to a mathematics history journal article Proportionality in Similar Triangles: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

As always, I am happy to help.