EMAT 4450/6450 Mathematics in Context
Fall Semester 2014

Last modified on August 14, 2014

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Course: EMAT 6450 Mathematics in Context


James W. Wilson
110F Aderhold Hall
Telephone (706) 542-4552

FAX (706) 542-4551

Teaching Assistant


Office hours: I maintain an open door policy for office hours. I come to the office early each morning (usually 7:30 to 8:00) and if I am not tied up in a meeting or talking to another student I am available to you.

Prerequisites for EMAT 6450: MATH 2210 or 2260. If you have not studied differential and inferential calculus, discuss the situation with me.


Course Description.

The course is about doing mathematics in real problem contexts. Technology may be used insofar as it supports our explorations. This is a course about mathematics as it applies to and derives from contexts outside of mathematics from the workplace, cultural activities, or daily life.

Valuable resources for the Summer 2013 EMAT 6450 are found in the web site for the Contextual Teaching and Learning Project (CTL).    The CTL impacted on material for serveral other courses in our mathematics education program and some of those resources may be linked to the activites we will pursue during the summer.

Some examples are:

Mathematics of Architecture
The golden ratio in art and nature
The mathematics of irrigation systems
Mathematics of music
Mathematics in design and construction
Building a ramp for handicap access
Building a deck
Recreational mathematics
Mathematics in science
Mathematics in personal finance
Construction of Stairways (slope, tread, riser)

The emphasis is on exploration of various mathematics contexts to learn mathematics, to pose problems and problem extensions, to solve problems, and to communicate mathematical demonstrations. 

Software tools generally available will be used as appropriate.  These include:

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Powerpoint
Geometers Sketchpad 5.0
Graphing Calculator 3.5 or 4.0
GeoGebra 4.0
Fathom 2
Maple 15

Other technologies  such as video, hand held devices, or Smartboards may be used.


Course Assignments

There is no textbook.  Course materials will be on  or linked to the EMAT 6450 web site at


The class will use wireless networked computers in Room 111/113.    The computers are set up to open with PAWS Secure.  Alternatively, you can sign on to these computers using your own UGa MyID and Password.

Some materials and assignments will be distributed in class.   

Grades and Requirements


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