Course Calendar and Homework Assignments for Math 128, Fall 2024
>Date  Section/Topic  Reading Assignment (posted that day, to be done before next class)  Hmw to be collected (posted that day) 
M, Jan 15  Introduction to the course, general info and policies  Read these 5 short articles (in the given order) before Wednesday and write a short reflection/commentary paper, at most half a page (or less) for each for a total of about 2 pages. Submit your essay to Moodle. Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4 Article 5. 
Quiz on Wednesday. It will be on Moodle. Bring a laptop to class. Post a message by midnight Tuesday on Moodle. In this first public post, introduce yourself and talk about your interest in the course. First reading commentary paper due by midnight Tuesday. At the end of your paper, please write me a short message, anything from a few words to a paragraph. Second one will be due Sunday night (Jan 21) on First Scientist. 
W, Jan 17  Discussion of the articles  Read the preface & chapter 1 of Berggren's text, as well as preface to the first edition. Answer these reading questions (set 1) by midnight Thu, Jan 18. Also read the supplementary materials on the 4 scholars: alKhwarizmi, alBiruni, Khayyam, alKashi, and the Preface and Introduction of the of AlKashi's Miftah alHisab. Watch this digital storytelling video.  Don't forget the summary/reflection paper due Sunday night. 
F, Jan 19  Berggren Chp1: Four Muslim scientists 
Read: Steffen's book: The First Scientist: Ibn alHaytham 
Reading commentary on Steffen's book due midnight Sunday. Submit to Moodle, either copy and paste text or a single pdf document. 23 pages, among other things include: Ibn alHaytam's motivation and approach to study science (pay attention to the quote at the very end of the book), his most important contributions to science, his approach to scientific inquiry, what happened in the centuries after he died, his legacy (particularly in Europe regarding attribution of the credit for pioneering the experimental method), and what you find to be interesting, surprising or impressive about him. Your paper must also include some comments on the videos. At the end of your paper, please write me a short message, anything from a few words to a paragraph. 
WEEK 2  
M, Jan 22  Ibn alHaytham  Read sections 1 and 2 from Chp 2 of Berggren and answer these questions (via Moodle, set 2) and watch two videos part1, part 2 (about 37 min total)  First math hmw set will be due Fri, Feb 2. 
W, Jan 24  Berggren 2.1, 2.2  Read sections 2.4 and 2.5 (upto page 56, Sexagesimal Division) and answer these questions (set 3). Also watch this video part 1, part 2 (~12 mins, total)  Hmw 1:Due Fri, Feb 2: Problems 1,2,4,5,6, 8 at the end of Chapter 2 of Berggren. Write up your solutions neatly, and show your steps clearly. For problem 2, change the statement of the problem to: "Apply Kushyar's method of halving starting with the highest place. Does it work"? In number 8, interpret the numeral according to the Greek system. The symbol "E" is the digit for 5 (in the table on page 48). Giving 2 possible values is enough. Assume that the sexagesimal system is consistently used for both integer and fractional parts and express the values in the decimal system. At the end of your hmw, please write me a short message, anything from a few words to a paragraph. 
F, Jan 26  Berggren 2.4, 2.5  Watch this video and read section 2.5 again. No formal reading questions this time  
WEEK 3  
M, Jan 29  Berggren 2.5 
Read section 2.6 and answer these questions (set 4). Then watch this video and do the exercises at the end of the video. Also, to get familiar with the community center we will visit on Saturday, watch the video in the Google drive titled "CTVNoor Islamic Center" 
Hmw 2: Due Fri, Feb 9: Problems 9 (division part is bonus where the lowest order digits are in minutes. For multiplication, you can use any of the methods we discussed. Interpret each of these two sexagesimal numbers as degrees and minutes), 10 (note that these are decimal numbers, not sexagesimal), 13,14,15 at the end of Chapter 2. For problem 15, find the corresponding digits in base 60 for the example in the book (page 75, Fig. 29e), then give a general rule for converting from base n to base m.Write up your solutions neatly, and show your steps clearly. At the end of your hmw, please write me a short message, anything from a few words to a paragraph. 
W, Jan 31  Berggren 2.6  Read section 2.6 again answer and answer these questions (set 5, more questions on 2.6)  
F, Feb 2  Justification for the sqrt algorithm  Read section 2.8 and answer these questions (set 6)  Hmw 1 is due today 
Sat, Feb 3  Special Event  Visit to Noor Islamic Cultural Center. 

WEEK 4  
M, Feb 5  2.8: Applications of arithmetic to inheritance and zakat 
Read sections 3.1,3.2, and 3.3 and answer these questions (set 7) 

W, Feb 7  3.13.3  Read section 3.4 and answer these questions (set 8) Watch this video  
F, Feb 9  3.4  Read sections 3.5 and 3.6,watch this video and answer these questions (set 9)  Hmw 2 is due today Hmw 3: Due F Feb 16: Two problems to be stated in class on Monday, and problems 4 & 8 at the end of Chp 3. Make sure you explain your solutions and each one of your steps. Use words (full sentences) in addition to figures. Explain what follows from what and why. At the end of your hmw, please write me a short message, anything from a few words to a paragraph. For extra credit: Problem 10 at the end of chapter 3 and this problem. 
WEEK 5  
M, Feb 12  3.5, 3.6  Read section 3.8 and answer these questions (set 10)  Two problems for hmw 3 
W, Feb 14  3.8  Study review/practice problems for the Progress Check located in the Google Drive  Think about the final project. 
F, Feb 16 
Review Day 
Study for the PC, work on review problems. Start reading The Prisoner of AlHakim.  Hmw 3 is due today 
WEEK 6  
M, Feb19  Progress Check1  Read The Prisoner of AlHakim. Meet the author on Friday.  
W, Feb 21  Intro DigitalStorytelling process, visit from CIP  Read The Prisoner of AlHakim, (then start reading Saliba)  Due midnight Thu Feb 22: Commentary on the novel The Prisoner of AlHakim, 12 pages. Your paper must include questions for the author B. Steffens. At the end of your paper, please write a short message to me, anything from a few words to a paragraph. Submit to Moodle. 
F, Feb 23  Prisoner of alHakim.Virtual meeting with B. Steffens. Zoom Link.  Read Preface and Chp 1 of Saliba. Watch this video (danger of a single story) and this one.  Due midnight Sun Feb 25: Read preface + Chapter 1 of Saliba. Summarize the important points of the reading. What is this book about? What points does the author make in the first chapter? Write about 2 pages which must also include brief comments on the two videos. Submit to Moodle. 
WEEK 7  
M, Feb 26  Saliba Chp 1  Read Chp 2 of Saliba. Use
these questions as a guide. 
Think about the final project. The first deadline is shortly after the break. 
W, Feb 28  Saliba Chp 2  Read Chp 3 of Saliba. Use these
questions as a guide. Watch this video and if you can this one as well (or on YouTube). 

F, Mar 1  Recap Chp 1&2+Chp 3  Read sections 4.14.3 of Berggren and answer these questions. (set 11) Also, watch this video, and if you can this one too (or on YouTube)  
SPRING BREAK 

WEEK 8  
M, Mar 18  Berggren 4.14.3  Read section 4.4 of Berggren, watch this video and answer these questions (set 12) 
Hmw 4: Due Wed March 27: Problems 14 at the end of Chp 4. For Problem 4, make sure you give a geometric argument (not an algebraic one) to prove the algebraic identity. There is a typo in the second part of problem 4. It should read: Draw your diagram to prove that . 
W, Mar 20  Berggren 4.4  Read section 4.5 of Berggren and answer these questions (set 13) 

F, Mar 22  Berggren 4.5  Read section 4.6 of Berggren, watch this video and answer these questions (set 14) (typos were in the first ed of the textbook). Video is also available in the Google drive.  Final project proposal is due midnight Sunday. 
WEEK 9  
M, Mar 25  Berggren 4.6 
Read section 4.9 of Berggren and answer these questions(set 15) 
Hmw 5: Due Mon, Apr 1: Problems 7,8,10 at the end of Chp 4. For Problem 8, find the quotient up to (and including) the term x^(1) (pt) and write it in the usual polynomial notation. Also find the remainder. For Problem 10 interpret and express the answer in terms of money (dirhams and fulus). Do not use a calculator for any of these problems. Find all shares, including the gift amount. 
W, Mar 27  Berggren 4.9  Read sections 4.9 (again) and 4.10. No formal reading questions  Hmw 4 is due today. A bonus question is assigned in class. 
F, Mar 29  Berggren 4.9, 4.10  Read Chp 4 and 5 of Saliba. Use these questions and these as a guide to get the main points of each chapter.Also watch this video.  
WEEK 10  
M, Apr 1  Saliba Chp 4, Chp 5  Read Chp 6 of Saliba and watch this video. There will be a reading quiz, containing questions from Chp6 and the video.  Hmw 5 is due today. 
W, Apr 3  Saliba Chp 6  Read Chp 7 of Saliba. Use the questions in this document as a guide. Also read 2 documents in the Google drive drive (under Reading Materials): i) "Ghazali" ii) Tahafut Pages  
F, Apr 5  Saliba Chp 7  Watch Saliba's lecture from his visit to us in Nov2011 (Lecture 2 in Google Drive). And read The 100.  Write one commentary paper on both video and reading, and submit
it to Moodle. Final project draft is due midnight Sunday. Submit to Moodle 
WEEK 11  
M, Apr 8  Saliba Lecture+100  Read the preface and Intro of Edward Said's Orientalism, and watch this video and this one. Write a short commentary paper. Submit to Moodle.  
W, Apr 10  Orientalism  Study review problems  
F, Apr 12  Progress Check2  Read sections 5.1 and 5.2 of Berggren, and answer RQ16 (set 16) and RQ17 (set 17)  
WEEK 12  
M, Apr 15  Berggren 5.1, 5.2 


W, Apr 17  Berggren 5.2, 5.4  Read section 5.5, watch this video and answer RQ19 (set 19)  
F, Apr 19 
Berggren 5.5

Read section 5.6, watch the video segment from 10:1524:36 and answer RQ20 (set 20)  Hmw 6: Due Fri May 3: Problems 1,4,5,12 at the end of Chp 5. In Pr 5, assume that at such small angles the chord length = arc length. Note that for problem 4 you will need more of the chord table than what is given in the book (on page 129). The handout distributed in class gives the rest of the chord table. It is available in Google drive as a pdf document. Obtain your answers as accurately as possible using the sixtieths column. In Pr 12, GH is perpendicular to AD and show how to obtain the AB, the height of the mountain from the known quantities. Obtaining the expression for AB in the book is bonus. 
WEEK 13 

M, Apr 22  Berggren 5.6  Work on your presentation. Be ready to present on Friday.  
W, Apr 24  Project Meeting  Complete draft of the final paper is due midnight, Thu Apr 25. Submit to Moodle.  
F, Apr 26  Rehersal Presentations  Presentation feedback form (alt form)  Save your presentation to this
folder by 6 am before the class. 
WEEK 14  
M, Apr 29  Rehersal Presentations  
W, May 1  Rehersal 2 

Hmw 6 is due the last day of class. 
F, May 3  Rehersal/Course Wrap up  Due: Tue, May 7, 11:30 am: Write an overall reflection for the course (23 pages). Among other things it must include all of the following: most important, interesting, striking or surprising things you think you have learned in this course (including the final project) in some detail. Has it been a useful course for you? What do you think of the experience of presenting your final project publicly at NICC. Do you have any suggestions for the future offerings of the course? Do you see any connections between the two main textbooks that we used? Explain. Who is your favorite Islamic scholar? Would you recommend this course to your friends? Give your recommendations and/or advice for future students of this course.  
Fri May 3  Special Event  Public Presentations of Final Projects. At NICC in the evening 