Math 147 - Calculus From an Historical Perspective - Course Calendar

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August 2002
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Plimpton 322
[sexagesimal notation; the Pythagorean Theorem; pre-Greek mathematics]
do exercises 1 & 4, due 9/4

29
30

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

September 2002
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 2

LABOR DAY

 3 4

Zeno's paradoxes (3.3)
[natural philosophy; problem of the infinite; continuous vs. discrete; geometric series]
do exercises 1, 3, 5, and 3B7, 3B8, due 9/9

5
6

Hippocrates' lunes (3.2)
[Greek geometry; the area problem; the integral]
do exercises 2, 3, due 9/16
 

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11

Eudoxus' Method
[Construction problems; formal proof; Euclid's legacy; method of exhaustion]
do exercises 1 and 2, due 9/18

12
13


16

Eratosthenes measures the Earth (1.2-1.3)
[Greek astronomy; applied geometry]
do exercise 1E16, due 9/23

17
18

Aristarchus' astronomy (1.4-1.5)
do exercises 1G23 and 1G24, due 9/23

19
20

Quadrature of the Parabola (3.1 and 3.4)
do exercise 3, due 9/27

23

The tangent problem 

24
25

Apollonius' Conics
[conic sections, symptoms of curves]

26
27


30

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

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October 2002
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
. 1
2

Test #1

3

FALL

4

BREAK

7

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

8
9

epicycles and heliocentrism (2.3-2.7)
do 2D8 and these exercises, due 9/16

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14

First paper is due

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17
18

NO MEETING

21

The birth of algebra
[Viète's Analytic Art]
do #1 and #3, due 10/30

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24
25

Prof. Costavisits:
Galileo and the birth
of science

 

28

Logarithms
[fast computation]
do these exercises, due 11/4

29
30

Kepler's Nova Astronomia
[birth of science]

31 .
November 2002
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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1

Galileo on free-fall
[the derivative]

4

 

5
6

Galileo on ballistic motion,

do these exercises, due 9/15
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20

 Fermat's method of adequation
[optimization problems]
do these exercises, due 12/6

21
22

Cavalieri's Principle 
and the Integral Power Rule
 

25

Test #2

26
27

THANKSGIVING

28

HOLIDAY

29

BREAK

December 2002
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 2

Leibniz' differentials

3
4

The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

5
6

Newton's De Analysi 

9

Second paper is due

10
11

Berkeley's "ghosts"

12
13

wrap-up 

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FINAL EXAM
1:00-2:50