Welcome to the class web site for Multicultural Mathematics! Topics we'll cover this semester: -
**Introduction to mathematics and ethnomathematics.**Differing 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 of composition
- Syllabus.Includes course description, course expectations, and grading policies.
- Assignments. Readings, practice problems, and homework to be turned in.
- Past Quizzes. All the quizzes I've given so far.
- Preparing for Test 1. Essay questions and tips.
- Preparing for Test 2. Essay questions and tips.
- Preparing for Test 3 (final exam). Sample questions and essay questions.
- Projects.. Description of class projects.
- Project 1, due October 4th, 2004.
- Project 2, due December 10th, 2004.
- Drawing Wallpaper Patterns. Applet by Helena Verrill.
- Abcdrums. Drum pattern generator by Adlai Waksman.
- Tutoring. My recommendations & your options.
Rachel
W. Hall / Department of Math and Computer
Science / Saint Joseph's University
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