M326K Foundations of Number Systems

Prerequisite and degree relevance: One of 408D, M408S, 408L with a grade of at least C-.Restricted to students in a teacher preparation program or who have consent of instructor.

Course description: Study of number-related topics in middle- grade and secondary school mathematics. Topics include place value; meanings of arithmetic operations; analysis of computation methods; historical development of number concepts and notation; and rational, irrational, algebraic, transcendental, and complex numbers. Emphasis is on communicating mathematics, developing pedagogical understanding of concepts and notation, and using both informal reasoning and proof. Three lecture hours a week for one semester.