You have reached the home page for MHF 4404, History of Mathematics, for the Spring 2001 term. This course is being offered online, using WebCT as the medium for accessing course materials and doing most of the other course activities. If you haven't used WebCT before, don't worry: it's not any more difficult to use than a Web browser, and the distance learning support site has tutorials to help you out. See below for instructions on getting started on WebCT and for determining your student ID.

Course details:

Instructor: Dr. Chuck Lindsey
Phone: (941) 590-7168
Fax: (941) 590-7200
Office: Academic Building 2, room 211
Office Hours: TBA. I will respond to email within 24 hours, if possible--that is the best way to try to reach me. We will set up some online chat hours once the semester gets going.

Textbook: A History of Mathematics, an Introduction, second edition, by V. Katz . Available in the FGCU bookstore, and also through I don't think there is much difference in price, especially when you take shipping charges into account. We will also have a number of readings from other sources; these will be made available electronically in Adobe PDF format, and in hard copy at the FGCU library.

Getting Started on WebCT

The WebCT login page is at . You should bookmark this page, since this is the point of entry every time. This takes you a login page, where you are presented with essentially two choices: Create a Global ID (for new users), and Log On to myWebCT (if you already have a Global ID).

Getting up and running involves two steps:

1) Creating a Global User ID and password if you don't already have one, and

2) Adding this course to your list of Web CT courses.

People can and do take more than course on WebCT, so there are two steps involved to logging in: getting into WebCT, and then getting into the specific course you want. Both steps involve entering a user ID and password, which may or may not be the same for the two steps. You get to choose your global ID and password; the course intsructor assigns you your ID and password for the course.

Step 1: Creating a Global ID

If you haven't used WebCT before at FGCU, the first step is to create a Global User ID and password. These can be anything you want them to be, but I recommend for now that you use the same ID and password that you will use to get into the course. From the login page, click on Create my Global ID, and enter your ID and password in the fields provided. There is also space to include a hint for your password if you forget. That part is optional. Once you have everything entered in, click on Continue. WebCT will store your information, and then send you to your WebCT start page (called myWebCT).

If you already have a Global ID, click on Log On to myWebCT , and log in.

Step 2: Adding this Course

From your myWebCT page, click on Add Course. This will bring up a list (alphabetized) of all current WebCT courses. Look for the course CRN 10278/CL History of Mathematics, and click on the + sign to add the course. You will be prompted for the username and password that the school (me) has assigned you. Here's how you figure it out:

Your username is the same as your FGCU email account, which consists of your first initial, middle initial (if you have one), and the first six letters of your last name (your whole last name if it is six letters or less).

Your password consists of your three (or two) initials followed by the last four digits of your Social Security number. You will be able to change your password later on if you want to.

Here are a few examples:

 Student Name


 William J. Clinton



Paul Erdos



 Srinivasa Ramanujan



 Emmy Noether



 Gottfried W. Leibniz




Once you have entered these, click Continue and you will have added the course. It will now appear as a link on your myWebCT page every time you log in, and from this point on you can just click on it to get into the course. The main page for the course has a course menu on the left side of the page with links to the syllabus, course calendar, materials, discussion boards, readings, and all that stuff.

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Page created 26 Dec 2000, last updated 7 Jan 2001