MAED
Mathematics for Educators
• MAED 5021
Mathematical Analysis and Its Applications I
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course is an introduction to analysis and its applications. Countable and uncountable sets, metrics, norms, open sets, closed sets, continuity, homeomorphisms, connectedness, complete metric spaces, totally bounded sets, fixed points, compact metric spaces, uniform continuity, category, the Baire Category Theorem, sequences of functions, pointwise and uniform convergence, the space of bounded functions.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Analyze if a given set is countable or uncountable, construct bijections between two sets, and analyze the cardinality of the Cantor set.
• 2.
Analyze if a function defined on a set is a metric or a norm, analyze if a sequence in a metric or norm space converges, determine whether or not two metrics or two norms are equivalent, analyze if a metric space is of the second category, and apply the Baire Category Theorem in different contexts.
• 3.
Analyze if a given subset of a metric space is open or closed, compact, connected, totally bounded, and construct the relative metric.
• 4.
Analyze if a given mapping from a metric space into another metric space is continuous and uniformly continuous by using different continuity characterizations, and determine if a given map is a homeomorphism.
• 5.
Analyze if a metric space is complete by using nested set theorem and Balzono-Weierstrass Theorem.
• 6.
Apply fixed point theorem in the context of differential equations.
• MAED 5032
Applications of Geometry and Analysis
[3-0-0:3]
Prerequisite(s)
MAED 5021
Description
This course will show how mathematical analysis can be used to investigate a variety of physical phenomena. Kepler's laws of planetary motion will be derived from Newton's law gravitation. Further topics will be the use of differential geometry, in particular Gaussian curvature, in describing space curves and surfaces. Additional topics will be other historically important uses of differential equations, Fourier series and harmonic analysis.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Formulate the quantities that describe space curves.
• 2.
Present standard examples of curves that are interesting in high school education.
• 3.
Formulate a curve as the motion of a point particle.
• 4.
Formulate the quantities that describe surfaces.
• 5.
Present standard examples of surfaces that are interesting in high school education.
• 6.
Formulate arc-length in the language of Riemannian metrics.
• 7.
Formulate the use of normal vectors and curvature in the description of surfaces.
• 8.
Apply the theory of curves, and surfaces to physical problems.
• MAED 5111
Classical and Abstract Algebra
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This is a course which develops the rigorous definition of real and complex numbers, and various aspects of polynomials.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Use Peano axioms to define natural numbers and their arithmetic rigorously.
• 2.
Use the method of Dedekind cuts to rigorously define the field of real numbers.
• 3.
Define complex numbers and apply them to algebraic and geometric problems.
• 4.
Describe the connection between polynomials and geometric objects defined by them.
• 5.
Work with various special polynomials and show a variety of their applications.
• MAED 5121
Algebra and Its Applications I
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course reviews the notion of groups, rings and homomorphisms and quotient constructions. Applications are then described for finite fields and number theory, and coding theory.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Formulate precisely the mathematical axioms which a group (and ring) must satisfy.
• 2.
Derive certain more advanced properties of groups and rings from the axioms.
• 3.
Identify when a group or ring occurs in a physical or mathematical situation, and infer useful information based on properties satisfied by groups and rings.
• 4.
Apply algebraic concepts to organize and solve problems.
• 5.
Explain how abstract algebra is used to solve certain classical questions of geometry and algebra.
• 6.
Explain how abstract algebra is used to prove certain number theory results, and how these results are used for encryption purposes in modern day communications.
• MAED 5211
Classical and Modern Geometry
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course is about important ideas in the development of geometry. Topics include logic and axiomatic system, projective geometry, Hilbert’s axioms, hyperbolic models, geometric transformations, hyperbolic trigonometry.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Explain the axiomatic nature of Euclid’s Elements and its shortcomings and show how Hilbert's axioms provide a rigorous foundation for Euclidean geometry.
• 2.
Formulate the parallel postulate and explain its role in the development of hyperbolic geometry.
• 3.
Use geometric transformations to characterize various geometries.
• 4.
Use hyperbolic trigonometry to study various properties of hyperbolic geometry.
• MAED 5321
Combinatorics
[3-0-0:3]
Description
Topics in combinatorics including counting combinations and counting permutations, generating functions, and enumerative combinatorics. Inclusion-exclusion principle, Polya’s theory of counting, graph theory and applications.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Explain the reasons behind combinatorial principles and applications.
• 2.
Design combinatorial problems using the principles taught in class.
• 3.
Present projects related to certain theorems or problems in combinatorics.
• 4.
Construct problems to show the usefulness of the principles for teaching purposes.
• MAED 5322
Methodology of Mathematics
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course is about mathematical thinking in mathematics. One purpose is to show how mathematical concepts, terminologies, formulas, equations, and theories are developed through examples of calculus, analysis, algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and probability, etc. The other purpose is to provide a global picture of mathematics by discussing its foundations, structures, internal relations, crises, and envisions. It is a combination of history, pedagogy, methodology, and philosophy of mathematics.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Solve problems by the methods of induction, analogy and association.
• 2.
Apply the methods of axiomatization/foundations of mathematics.
• 3.
Explain and solve the classical three Greek math problems.
• 4.
Apply the art of infinity -- the distinction between elementary math and advanced math.
• 5.
Apply the methods of infinitesimal and integration – the foundation of differential and integral calculus.
• 6.
Solve problems by the Relation Mapping Inversion Principle.
• 7.
Analyze problems by the method of Simulation Principle.
• 8.
Describe interesting stories, events, historic schools and philosophy of mathematics.
• MAED 5421
Probability and Statistics
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course illustrates how to use statistical and probabilistic techniques with an open source statistics package R to analyze data, especially in education.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Identify the core ideas on analyzing data.
• 2.
Communicate effectively the statistical results to both lay and expert audiences utilizing appropriate information and suitable technology.
• 3.
Apply rigorous, analytic and highly numerate methods to analyze and solve problems in daily life and at work.
• 4.
Carry out objective analysis and prediction of quantitative information with independent judgement.
• MAED 5511
Teaching Mathematics in the Digital Age
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course is about the use of various digital tools to produce interactive teaching materials for mathematics and the pedagogical framework of designing mathematics lessons using digital tools that can enhance the effectiveness of students’ learning.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Apply the theoretical frameworks that guide the process of developing mathematics pedagogy using digital tools.
• 2.
Use various e-learning tools to design effective mathematics lessons.
• 3.
Convey fundamental concepts in geometry, calculus, algebra, and statistics with the help of digital tools.
• MAED 5731
Problem Solving Strategies
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course covers ways to teach strategies and techniques to students to solve mathematical problems as they appeared in mathematical competitions. It covers many techniques, including transformation methods for solving geometry problems, and graph theoretical methods for solving combinatorial problems.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Recognize various techniques to solve certain types of math problems.
• 2.
Present solutions and compare the strength and weakness of the techniques.
• 3.
Modify problems to create new problems.
• 4.
Identify conditions in solving problems to investigate further applications.
• MAED 5821
Topics in Mathematics
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course introduces a selection of topics from interdisciplinary mathematics, which may include mathematical physics, mathematical biology, image processing, etc.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Apply theoretical knowledge, principles and techniques to mathematical physics, mathematical biology and traffic flows.
• 2.
Recognize roles of mathematics in solving some mathematical physics, mathematical biology and traffic flows.
• 3.
Apply various theorems to study ideal mathematical models, such as ideal 2-dimensional fluid flows, ideal electrostatic force fields, steady state temperature, etc.
• 4.
Present solutions of some physical problems in a systematic way.
• MAED 5841
Topics in Applied Mathematics for Mathematics Educators
[3-0-0:3]
Background
Students are expected to have some fundamental knowledge and understanding of elementary Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
Description
This course introduces a selection of topics in applied mathematics, which may include mathematical modelling, differential equations, data analysis and visualization, scientific computation, etc., and their connections with mathematical applications and pedagogy approaches.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Identify and appreciate the concepts, techniques and processes of mathematical modelling originated from secondary school Mathematics curriculum.
• 2.
Appreciate and formulate the use of numerical methods in specific daily life scenarios.
• 3.
Solve formulated mathematical problems with the aids of appropriate numerical methods and coding techniques.
• 4.
Interpret the numerical results and compare the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
• 5.
Present standard examples of mathematical modelling that are connected with secondary school Mathematics topics.
• 6.
Design a method to improve the original technique or scientific model adopted.
• 7.
Incorporate the mathematical ideas and IT tools into education activities and teaching.
• MAED 5851
Scientific Computation
[3-0-0:3]
Description
This course introduces various case studies drawn from different areas of science to illustrate the use of computers as a problem-solving tool. Each integrates physical principles and mathematical models, as well as numerical techniques and computer implementations, into a coherent perspective.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Apply theoretical knowledge, principles and techniques to physical problems.
• 2.
Recognize roles of mathematics in scientific computation.
• 3.
Implement various numerical algorithms on computers and apply them to real life problems.
• 4.
Present numerical output from a computer code in a systematic way.
• MAED 6980
MSc Project
[3 credits]
Description
In this course, the student will do a project in an area of mathematics or mathematics education under the guidance of a faculty member. The project either surveys a topic, develops teaching plans and materials, or describes an investigation completed by the student.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Explain advanced mathematical theories, concepts and principles using precise mathematical language, and identify the applications of this knowledge in different daily life scenarios.
• 2.
Apply independent judgment to investigative mathematical work or relevant educational materials.
• 3.
Apply a rigorous, logical and analytic approach to execute tasks and solve mathematical problems.
• 4.
Communicate mathematical concepts and methods effectively to a range of audiences, both orally and in writing.
• 5.
Work effectively on a prescribed topic in mathematics or mathematics education, and show the capability of delivering presentations in front of professional teachers or scientific experts.
• MAED 6981
Independent Study
[1-3 credit(s)]
Description
Independent study of selected mathematical topic(s) under the supervision of a faculty member. Consent of instructor is required, and each student can only study this course for once.
Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• 1.
Explain and apply mathematical knowledge of the selected topic(s) of current interest which may not be covered by existing courses.
• 2.
Apply independent judgment to investigative mathematical work.
• 3.
Present findings and solutions in a systematic way.