Course Identification

Mathematics module: Seminar in mathematics for first year students

Lecturers and Teaching Assistants

Prof. Marita Barabash

Course Schedule and Location

Second Semester
Tuesday, 14:15 - 18:00

Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points

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


לתלמידי שנה א
אחת לשבועיים, יועבר באופן מקוון בזום החל מה-19 באפריל.
בשבוע הראשון 21.4.20 כל הקבוצה תלמד שיעור רגיל, לפי המערכת הקיימת.
החל מ-5.5 ועד סוף הסמסטר כל קבוצה תלמד פעם בשבועיים שיעור כפול. בנוסף לכך, כל קבוצה תקבל שיעור א-סינכרוני בודד.

תאריכים של הסמינר במתמטיקה: 5.5, 19.5, 2.6, 16.6, 30.6 (שיעורים כפולים), 14.7 (שיעור בודד) + שיעור א-סינכרוני בודד.


Courses of the first semester of the Rothschild-Weizmann program


For students in the Rothschild-Weizmann program only

Language of Instruction


Attendance and participation

Required in at least 80% of the lectures

Grade Type

Numerical (out of 100)

Grade Breakdown (in %)

written seminar work

Evaluation Type


Scheduled date 1


Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)



In the Seminar, the participants will work on individual projects focused on school curriculum implementation of the courses in mathematics they have learned or are currently learning. In addition, the students will study and discuss a number of topics aimed at the impacts of higher-mathematical knowledge on teaching mathematics at school to various types of students.

Some principal mathematical notions such as linearity, function, meaure and measurement, invariance, algebraic structures etc. are the core topics which will form the background of the seminar work.

In the framework of guest lecturers, members of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science will present their contemporary research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the impact of their theoretical studies in mathematics on their teaching practices, attitudes and beliefs.
  2. Design or adapt teaching units, lesson plans or other teaching materials in the framework of the schools curriculum, in view of the understandings formed during the courses of the program and in the seminar.
  3. Present and justify the teaching material in a lucid way in the class.

Reading List

Books and papers will be suggested to each student in compliance with his or her topic. As a general background literature, the following books are examples of the recommended list:

  • Courant, Robbins. What is mathematics?
  • Moise E. Elementary mathematics from an advanced standpoint
  • Davis, Hersh. The mathematical experience

More sources will be brought to the course during the lessons.