MATH 497: TOPICS IN ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS
Content: This is an elective course for elementary teaching certificate candidates that extends and deepens the coverage of mathematics begun in the required two-course sequence Math 385-489. Topics are primarily chosen from the middle-school geometry curriculum, but topics from algebra and number theory are also included. The logical structure of mathematics is emphasized: The notions of axiom, definition, theorem and proof are used throughout. This course is taught using IBL methods. Students work in groups developing concepts, formulating and criticizing definitions, advancing the mathematical content and solving problems.