Welcome to the class web site for
Topics we'll cover this semester:
Here are some useful links.
Images are from the MacTutor
History of Mathematics Archive.
Introduction to mathematics and ethnomathematics.
definitions of mathematics, the background to ethnomathematics, overview
of world mathematics.
Number systems and arithmetic. Spoken
numbers, body counting, counting devices, written numbers, bases, modular
arithmetic, algorithms for arithmetical operations
Beyond the counting numbers. Egyptian
fractions, sexagesimals and decimals, rational and irrational numbers,
estimating square roots, estimating pi
Special topics in mathematics, art, and music.
Symmetry in math and art. Symmetry,
strip patterns, wallpaper patterns, fractals
The mathematics of sona drawings and Celtic knots.
Art and the GCD and LCM, traceable graphs, knot theory
The mathematics of drumming. Rhythm
and Fibonacci numbers, Pascal's triangle, the GCD and LCM, the algebra
W. Hall / Department of Math and Computer
Science / Saint Joseph's University