### 5530 Final Course Project

*If I have seen further it is only by standing on ye shoulders of
giants.*

[Isaac Newton in a Letter to Robert Hooke, dated
5 February 1675]

Einstein and Leisureguy's (Michael Han) grandson. Posted
March 23, 2007.

http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2007/03/23/on-the-shoulders-of-giants/

Choose a topic related to class
- Create an annotated bibliography that lists references related to the
teaching
of your topic in the high school classroom.
Your annotated bibliography may contain, for example,
worksheets on the web, textbooks or books for teachers, journal articles, etc.
For each reference, the annotation
should summarize the relevant portion of the reference and specify
the connections to how the topic is taught.
- Summarize how we covered the topic in this class and include
any important related results or theorems.
- 2-Page or 3-Page Timeline of Historical and Modern
Importance and Applications.
Create an attractive and professional timeline. Be sure to include the
important contributions as well as interesting pictures that relate to your
topic, such as pictures of some of the mathematicians. Approximate dates can
be noted as ~1762 or by a range of dates, such as 1700-1800.
Here is a
sample
timeline from linear algebra
and from first year seminar

### Library Teaching References

Try the library databases Eric, Jstor, or Springer.
The CD
entitled "Historical Modules for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics"
(Katz and Michalowicz, 2004) contains many modules
of historical content. It is listed in the library catalog and it is also
available for you to look at in my
office hours. The library catalog can contain many useful references.
Historical References
Library books office contain
a wealth of historical information.

Websites such as the
MacTutor History of Mathematics archive (O'Connor and Robertson, 2005)
provide an
extensive collection of articles on particular people and topics.
The
Earliest Known Uses of
Some of the Words of Mathematics (Miller, J, 2008)
can provide history on the development as well as the first published
appearance of terms.

Some topic searches may yield many unrelated pages or be too general
a search - for example, similarity means many different things in
real-life.
A
modified search such as
the
history of "similar triangles" can be more productive and it
leads to a mathematics history journal article
Proportionality in Similar Triangles: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

As always, I am happy to help.