Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

William Dunham (mathematician)
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the bases of Hippocrates's proof ?

2. Which of the following best describes Cardano's character?

3. After working on pi, what did Archimedes continue with in his study of mathematics?

4. What instruments did the Greeks use to square a shape?

5. Which is one of the common notions presented in Elements?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what mathematical and artistic movements are focused on in the second half of the 19th century.

2. Describe the connection between Fermat and Euler's work.

3. Where did the center of mathematical thinking shift to in the !7th Century, and who are the major scholars of this time period?

4. Why did Euclid's postulate on parallel lines trouble mathematicians for centuries?

5. How did Heron find the area of a triangle, and what did Dunham state about Heron's work?

6. Describe the great theorem explained by Dunham in this chapter.

7. Describe who was Archimedes and how Dunham described his character.

8. Who was Heron, and what is known about him today?

9. Who was Luca Pacioli, and what controversy was sparked over his writings?

10. Describe what Gauss discovered according to Dunham.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a a three part essay to explain how Cantor's work in mathematics also fit into the cultural movements of the time.

Part 1) Describe the artistic movements of the 1860s and 1870s. In general, how could they be related to mathematical philosophy at the time?

Part 2) What was Cantor's work in mathematics in the 1860s and 1870s?

Part 3) Explain how Cantor's philosophy and mathematical theorems fit with the new artistic and philosophic ideas of the time.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how Gerolamo Cardano became involved in the solution to cubic equations. Why was their a controversy over his publication of the solution to cubic equations? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Write a three part essay on the lives and work of both Euler and Gauss.

Part 1) What was similar about Euler and Gauss from an early age? What characteristics did they have in common?

Part 2) Give some examples of great theorems proposed by Euler and by Gauss. Do you think their work had anything in common mathematically?

Part 3) What could be considered Euler's greatest work? What could be considered Gauss's greatest work? How did both mathematicians advance the study of mathematics?

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