The Mathematical Order of Nature, Fall 2009
First Class is Tuesday September 29

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Schedule     Program Covenant    

Week 9,10,11 Schedule    

Python Review for Final

Evaluation Appointments for Week 11    

Richard's evaluation conferences Week 11


Textbook and Seminar Reading List

Themes of Study and Equivalent Credits

Class Schedule

Week 9,10,11 Schedule    

Python Review for Final

First Class is Tuesday September 29 (not Monday Yom Kippur September 28)

Class activites will include lecture, mathematical reading, problem solving, programming, short essays, discussion, and presentations.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 - 12:00 Python Lecture
LH 03
Mathematical Modeling Lecture
LH 02
History of Science Workshop/Seminar
Sem 2 C2105
Mathematical Modeling Lecture
LH 04
No classes
1:00 - 3:00 Climate Modeling Seminar
Sem 2 E3107
Python Lab
GCC - Lib 2610
Python Tutoring ACC Seminar/Workshop
Sem 2 E3105
Python Tutoring ACC
4:00 - 5:30   Climate Modeling Lecture
LH 01
Due: Python Reading 10am
Sem paper 2 copies 1pm

Math Modeling 10am
Python Lab 3pm
Python Prelab 1pm
Paper responses
    on Moodle 1p
Science History Reading 10am

Python Homework
    7am Sat
    Sem Reading & Paper   5pm Sun

Outline of Assigned Readings (subject to adjustment)

  • History of Science and Reasoning.
    Week  Weekly Book Reading               Weekly Kline (Kl) Reading
    ----  --------------------------------  ------------------------
     1    Wheelwright, Presocratics         Ch 1,2  Historical Orientation
     2    Wheelwright, Presocratics         Ch 3    Abstraction
     3    Wheelwright, Presocratics         Ch 3    Reasoning
     4    Plato, Dialogues                  Ch 6    Axiomatic Systems of Knowledge
     5    Plato, Dialogues                  Ch 7,8  Mathematical Order of Nature    
     6    Crosby, Quantification            Ch 4,5  Numbers and Algebra
     7    Galileo, Dialogue                 Ch 13   Functions and Formulas
     8    Kuhn, Copernican Revolution       Ch 12   Equations and Curves
     9    Kuhn, Copernican Revoluation      Ch 13   Equations Falling Objects
    10                        Review and Reflection
  • Programming and Modeling
    Week  Zelle (Z) Reading                 Kalman (Ka) Reading
    ----  --------------------------------  ---------------------------------
     1    Ch 1  What is Computer Science    Ch 1,2  Sequences & Difference Eqns
     2    Ch 2  Variables & Assignments     Ch 3  Arithmetic Growth Models
     3    Ch 3  Numbers                     Ch 4  Linear Functions
     4    Ch 4  Strings                     Ch 5  Quadratic Growth Models
     5    Ch 5  Graphics and Objects        Ch 6  Quadratic Functions
     6    Ch 6  Functions                   Ch 9  Geometric Growth Models
     7    Ch 7  Decisions                   Ch 10 Exponential Functions
     8    Ch 8  Loops & Booleans            Ch 11 Logarithms
     9    Ch 9  Simulation & Design         Ch 12 Geometric Sums & Mixed Models 
    10          Review and Reflection       Ch 13 Logistic Growth Model 

    Credit and Evaluation Policy

    The program covenant describes the program expectations and requirements in detail. Here is a summary the credit and evaluation policy for the program.

    Successful learning requires active involvement in learning activities: reading, writing, problem solving, discussion, and lecture. The credit and evaluation policy is based on this observation.

    Credit will be awarded for participating in and completing the entire body of work for the program at a passing level of performance. Credit decisions and evaluations will be based on

    The quality of your work, the level of your understanding, and the extent of your improvement will be reflected in your evaluation. As a general policy credit will be awarded on an all or none basis for each of the four threads of study, although the faculty reserves the right to make exceptions to that rule. No incompletes will be given.

    Attendance is required at all program activities. Failure to attend three more of scheduled class meetings or failure to three or more assignments is sufficient grounds for loss of credit. Failure to submit or achieve satisfactory results on exams or failure to submit satisfactory written assignments in a timely way is sufficient grounds for loss of credit.