Course Identification

Mathematics module: Final project in mathematics instruction students

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Prof. Marita Barabash

Course Schedule and Location

Full Year
Tuesday, 16:15 - 18:00, FGS, Rm 5

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

Science Teaching (non thesis MSc Track): Seminar; Obligatory; Regular; 2.00 points


לתלמידי שנה ב'
בסמסטר ב- אחת לשבועיים , 16:15-18:00, בחדר 5

תאריכים של סמינר עבודות גמר: 26.5, 9.6, 23.6, 7.7 (שיעורים כפולים), 14.7 (שיעור בודד) , 21.7 (שיעור כפול) + שיעור א-סינכרוני בודד


First-year courses of the Rothschild-Weizmann program in mathematics.


For students in the Rothschild-Weizmann program only

Language of Instruction


Attendance and participation


Grade Type

Pass / Fail

Grade Breakdown (in %)


Evaluation Type

Final assignment

Scheduled date 1


Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



The course is built as a support seminar for the second year RW mathematics students working on their final project. In the framework of the course, each student will present at least 3-4 time his or her final project at different stages of work, from preliminary ideas, though intermediate stages, the work outline, etc., until a student is prepared to present the more-or-less final version of the work presentation. The students will receive recommendations on mathematical writing.

In addition, the students will perform assignments aimed at their exposure to some classic and modern cornerstone books in mathematics  listed in the reading list.

The 25% seminar component in the final grade refers to the didactical and self-study unit which the student is to compose on the basis of the final project mathematical topic, perform and evaluate using the appropriate research methodology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Write their project in Mathematics Instruction in a proficient and a coherent form.
  2. 2. Design, teach and assess a school-level teaching unit based on an advanced-mathematical topic

Reading List

Mathematical writing:

  1. Some Notes on Writing Mathematics
  2. Su F. E. Guidelines for Good Mathematical Writing


  1. Davis P. J., Hersh R. Mathematical Experience
  2. Hardy G. H., A Mathematician's Apology
  3. Courant R. & Robbins H., What is Mathematics?
  4. Klein F. Elementary Mathematics form a Higher Standpoint (vols. I-III, chapters subject to the lecturer's recommendation)
  5. Polya G. Mathematics and Plausible Reasoning
  6. Polya G. Mathematical Discovery
  7. Artstein Z. Mathematics and the Real World
  8. Manin Yu. Mathematics and Physics
  9. Bertsch McGrayne Sh. The Theory that Would Not Die
  10. Singh S. Fermat's Last Theorem
  11. Singh S. The Code Book
  12. Hadamard J. The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field
  13. Borovik A. V.  Shadows of the Truth: Metamathematics of Elementary Mathematics
  14. Gamow G. One two three ... infinity. Facts & Speculations of Science