Professor Simonson History of Math Ingenuity

Fall 1997 MA 149

Assignment 1

Please answer the following the questions with absolute candor and honesty. Your responses will help me make decisions about this course. You should write as much as you need to in order to answer the questions clearly. Normally, this ends up being about 3 handwitten pages.

1. What ways do you learn best?

2. How can you best demonstrate what you have learned?

3. From what experiences have you learned most in life?

4. What is YOUR definition of mathematics? (Don't look it up!)

5. When did you last study mathematics? What did you study? Describe the experience.

6. What role do you think mathematics played in the history of human development?

7. What role does it play in your life if any? Give specific examples.