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A Locally Compact REU in the History of Mathematics: Involving Undergraduates in Research - The Projects

Author(s): 
Betty Mayfield (Hood College) and Kimberly Tysdal (Hood College)

 

Each student eventually chose a specific topic to study. She spent a lot of time searching for and reading information, studying and developing research questions, and then presenting her work to the rest of the group. And each student did give a talk in the undergraduate paper sessions at MathFest. We were so proud of them.  Links to their annotated PowerPoint presentations are provided below. 

 

Laura Printz: Emilie du Châtelet and Maria Agnesi as early feminists. 

 

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Melissa Barrick: Euler’s Letters to a German Princess: how did Euler teach mathematics to a young woman?

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Chelsea Sprankle: Maria Agnesi’s Analytical Institutions: How did she teach calculus to young people? How was her book different from Euler’s? Did she use Newton’s or Leibniz’s notation, and was it changed in the English translation?

 

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Lindsey Nagy: Rediscovering Laura Bassi, a physicist and mathematician from Bologna who was very famous in her time.

 

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Betty Mayfield (Hood College) and Kimberly Tysdal (Hood College), "A Locally Compact REU in the History of Mathematics: Involving Undergraduates in Research - The Projects," Loci (February 2010), DOI:10.4169/loci003263

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