Fall 2019  MATH 603 G001
Foundations of Mathematics (4)
Class Number: 4131
Delivery Method: In Person
Overview

Course Times + Location:
Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby

Instructor:
Rina Zazkis
zazkis@sfu.ca
1 778 7823662

Prerequisites:
Acceptance into the MSc program in mathematics education or permission of the department. Graduate students in the Department of Mathematics cannot take this course to satisfy their degree requirements.
Description
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:
Crises in mathematics, their historical and philosophical background and their resolution.
COURSE DETAILS:
The course will focus on "great theorems" and "big ideas" of mathematics. The "great theorems" to be "covered" will be chosen from the following list:
 The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic
 The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
 Pythagoras and friends
 The three Greek construction problems
 The Four Color Theorem
 Numbers (journey from Whole to Transfinite);
 Logarithms: Sets; Induction and Recursion; Zero and Infinity;
 Functions and Variables;
 Symmetry
COURSELEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Students explore foundational ideas in mathematics and great theorems
Students enhance personal problem solving skills
Students get initial introduction to mathematics education research
Grading
 Homework Assignments 60%
 Project (the topic will be chosen in consultation with instructor) focused on either a detailed exploration of a mathematical idea through history or of a mathematician's work and life, together with an inclass presentation. 40%
Materials
REQUIRED READING:
Readings will be provided by the instructor
RECOMMENDED READING:
Imre Lakatos (1976) Proofs and Refutations: the Logic of Mathematical Discovery, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 9780521290388
Graduate Studies Notes:
Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/deangradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.
Registrar Notes:
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