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Math 1470: Topics in Mathematics, Computers in Math

3 Credit Course
Offered in Lecture Format
Prerequisite required (MATH 1430)

SYLLABUS

  • I. HISTORY OF COUNTING
  • II. HISTORY OF COMPUTERS
    • A. Abacus (450 B.C.)
    • B. Napier's bones (1617)
    • C. Pascal's adding machine (1642)
    • D. Leibnitz's calculator (1671)
    • E. Human computers (1790)
    • F. Jacquard's loom (1801)
    • G. Charles Babbage (1792-1871)
    • H. Punched cards (1890)
    • I. Mark I computer (1937-1944)
    • J. John Atanasoff (1939-1942)
    • K. The Eniac (1943-1946)
    • L. The Edvac and Edsac (1946-1952)
    • M. Generations of computers
    • N. Univac
    • O. I.B.M.
    • P. Modern day computers
  • III. DATA PROCESSING (INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING PROCESS)
    • A. History
    • B. Elementary steps involved
    • C. Computer components
    • D. Other topics instructor deems relevant
  • IV. ALGORITHMS
    • A. Definition
    • B. Use as applied to programming process
    • C. Use with mathematical concepts
      • 1. Suggested topics
        • a. Euclid's algorithm
        • b. Arithmetic or algebraic algorithms
  • V. INTRODUCTION TO BASIC PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE
    • A. Data representation and storage
      • 1. Suggested topic
        • a. Assignment statements
        • b. Print statements
        • c. Input statements
        • d. Control statements
  • VI. MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED BY THE COMPUTER(Computer programs could be prepared by the instructor.)
    • A. Suggested topics
      • 1. Arithmetic concepts
        • a. Prime numbers
        • b. G.C.F., L.C.M.
    • B. Truth tables
    • C. Interest and mortgages
    • D. Linear equations
    • E. Quadratic equations
    • *F. Statistics
    • *G. Determinants
    • *H. Sequence and series
  • VII. FLOWCHARTING
  • VIII. NUMBER SYSTEMS
    • A. Binary
    • B. Octal
    • C. Hexadecimal
  • IX. APPLICATION OF COMPUTERS
    • A. Education
      • 1. C.A.I. (Computer Aided Instruction)
      • 2. C.C.I.S. (Bulletin Boards)
      • 3. Information retrieval
    • B. Business and Industry
    • C. Politics and Government
    • D. Law Enforcement
    • E. Health
  • X. FUTURE OF COMPUTERS
  • XI. SOCIETAL IMPACT OF COMPUTERS
    • A. Individual Rights and the Computer

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Last Updated: 3/18/13