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MT4501   Topics in the History of Mathematics

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

Relationship to other modules

Co-requisite(s): If not already passed you must take 1 module from {MT3501, MT3502, MT3503, MT3504, MT3505, MT3506, MT3507, MT3508}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MT5613

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (x 10 weeks) and 1 tutorial (x 10 weeks).

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Written Examination = 50% (2 x 1-hour class tests), Coursework: Project = 50%

Re-assessment: Coursework (new project) = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr I J Falconer
Module teaching staff: Dr Isobel Falconer, Prof Colva Roney-Dougal, Prof Mark Chaplain