# 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 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.*

## Course code

MAT240

## Version

1

## Credits (ECTS)

10

## Semester tution start

Spring

## Number of semesters

1

## Exam semester

Spring

## Language of instruction

Norwegian

**Time table**

## Content

## 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

## Recommended prerequisites

## 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## Study Adviser:

Helene Nicolaisen## Course coordinator:

Martin Gunnar Gulbrandsen## Course teacher:

Paul Georg Papatzacos## Course teacher:

Alexander Ulanovskii## Head of Department:

Bjørn Henrik Auestad## Method of work

## Overlapping courses

Course | Reduction (SP) |
---|---|

The History of Mathematics (ÅMA240_1) | 10 |