History of Mathematics

Course Code: MHF4404

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2021-22


Course Description:
This course is designed as a capstone course for those students who are majoring in middle school and secondary mathematics education. This course consists of readings in the history and philosophy of mathematics and in current issues involving mathematics and society. Contributions from mathematicians such as Archimedes, Descartes, Fermat Newton, Leibnitz, Euler and Gauss are discussed. Emphasis is given to how mathematics relates across disciplines as well as mathematical connections within the discipline; fundamental ideas of high school mathematics are examined from an advanced standpoint. This is a writing–intensive course in which each student develops a portfolio of course accomplishments. This course addresses specific state-adopted standards, subject matter competencies, and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification.

Course Details


Corequisites: MAE 4330 and MAE 4941


Dr. Irma Cruz-White



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Digital: A History of Mathematics, (Subscription), 3rd Edition, Katz, 2018 Pearson.  ISBN-13: 9780321997036


Paper: A History of Mathematics, (Classic Version), 3rd Edition, Katz, 2018 Pearson.  ISBN-13: 9780134689524


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

ED Outcome 1: Demonstrate understanding of instructional design and lesson planning by applying concepts for human development and learning theories.

ED Outcome 2: Demonstrate ability to maintain a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive, and collaborative.

ED Outcome 3: Demonstrate effective instructional delivery and facilitation by utilizing deep and comprehensive knowledge of exceptional student education.

ED Outcome 4: Demonstrate understanding of assessment by analyzing and applying data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

ED Outcome 5: Demonstrate continuous improvement by designing purposeful goals to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

ED Outcome 6: Demonstrate professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfill expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Explore the historical development and perspectives of number systems, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, calculus, and discrete mathematics.

Identify contributions of significant figures and diverse cultures in number systems, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, statistics and probability, calculus, and discrete mathematics.

Discuss the life and contributions of a mathematician in a biography.


Unit tests, homework, problem-solving, writing assignment, reports/presentation



Teacher facilitated: The instructor will be leading class discussions on the material during class periods.

Student-centered: The students will practice solving problems and make several presentations during class periods.

Office Hours: The instructor will be available during office hours for individual assistance.

College-wide policies and resources

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