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History of Mathematics (MAT240)

Development of some central concepts of modern mathematics: Numbers and number systems (Natural numbers, rational numbers, real numbers, cardinal numbers) from Babylon to Europe, the concept of infinity from Zeno to Cantor, integration and derivation (the concept of  limit from Fermat to Weierstrass, Newton's fluctions, the infinitesimals from Leibniz to Robinson), infinite series. Classical algebra, including solutions of cubic and biquadratic equations.


Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

MAT240

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Spring

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Spring

Language of instruction

Norwegian

Content
Development of some central concepts in modern mathematics: Numbers and number systems (natural numbers, rational numbers, real numbers, cardinal numbers) from Babylon to Europe, infinity from Zeno to Cantor, integration and derivation (the limit concept from Fermat to Weierstrass, Newton's fluctions, the infinitesimals from Leibniz to Robinson), infinite seres. Development of Classical Algebra. Solution of polynomial equations from early times (Rhind papyrus, 1650 BCE) to Abel (1825) and Galois (1830).
Learning outcome

After comleting the course students should have a good general idea of the evolution of some of the major concepts of modern mathematics, such as

(i) numbers and their representations, (ii) derivation and integration, (iii) polynomial equations and their solutions.

Required prerequisite knowledge
None
Recommended prerequisites
MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1
Exam
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades No printed or written materials are allowed. Approved basic calculator allowed

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Alex Bentley Nielsen
Course teacher: Paul Georg Papatzacos
Course teacher: Alexander Ulanovskii
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Method of work
6 hours per week - lectures and problem solving.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
The History of Mathematics (ÅMA240_1) 10
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Course assessment
Form and/or discussion
Literature
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