MATH 4388 - History of Mathematics - University of Houston
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MATH 4388 - History of Mathematics

***This is a course guideline.  Students should contact instructor for the updated information on current course syllabus, textbooks, and course content*


Prerequisites: MATH 3333

Catalog Course Description: The history of mathematics and its impact on civilization from the ancient world to modern times, critical events in the development of mathematics, notable mathematicians and the importance of their discoveries. This course is approved to satisfy the requirement for Core-Writing in Discipline (WID). There are essay assignments and some of the students need to do consultation in the Writing Center.

Textbook: Instructor's lecture notes. You should buy a MATH Access Code in the UH bookstore in order to view the course lecture notes (It's not course specific for just our class). You should view the class notes in CASA/CourseWare ( Also, the final exam will take place in the CASA test center.

Course Content:

This course is designed to provide a college-level experience in history of mathematics. Students will understand some critical historical mathematics events, such as creation of classical Greek mathematics, and development of calculus; recognize notable mathematicians and the impact of their discoveries, such as Fermat, Descartes, Newton and Leibniz, Euler and Gauss; understand the development of certain mathematical topics, such as Pythagoras theorem, the real number theory and calculus.


Aims of the course: To help students...

  • understand the history of mathematics;
  • attain an orientation in the history and philosophy of mathematics;
  • gain an appreciation for our ancestor's effort and great contribution;
  • gain an appreciation for the current state of mathematics;
  • obtain inspiration for mathematical education, and
  • obtain inspiration for further development of mathematics.


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Homework and Essays assignment: Late assignments are not acceptable.

Final Exam: There is a final exam.

Grading: Please consult your instructor's syllabus regarding any and all grading guidelines.

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