Class in Mathematics First Floor  room 26 Prof. Sill Seated.
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Title

Class in Mathematics First Floor  room 26 Prof. Sill Seated.

Description

This image depicts a math class being taught by the head of the Mathematics department, David E. Smith, with Principal Sill (the man seated) observing. The academic work in the Mathematics course included all the standard math courses one would have generally taken in high school, with more advanced courses such as Trigonometry, Calculus, Analytical Geometry, etc. generally being offered as electives. Students entering the Normal were only required to have completed Arithmetic and have some familiarity with simple algebraic equations. The reason for the Normal heavily focusing on arithmetic and elementarylevel mathematics was due to the fact that the school existed to teach future educators who would likely end up teaching in the elementary  high school levels.

Publisher

Gibson Studio

Subject

College students, Professor, Teacher, Blackandwhite photography, Men, Women

Location

Michigan State Normal School, Ypsilanti, MI