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MT4501 Topics in the History of Mathematics

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

The aim of this module is to give students an insight into the historical development of mathematics. Topics to be covered may include some of: the development of algebra, the origins of the calculus, the history of logarithms, the work of some individual mathematicians.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all programmes in the School.

UG Pre-requisite(s):either pre- or co-requisites: Any of MT3501 - MT3508 or MT3606
UG Co-requisite(s):either pre- or co-requisites: Any of MT3501 - MT3508 or MT3606
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT5613

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:Written Examination = 50% (2 x 1-hour class tests), Coursework: Project = 50%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework (new project) = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr I J Falconer
Module teaching staff:Dr I J Falconer, Dr C P Bleak, Prof M A J Chaplain