Osama Ta’ani

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

BSc, MSc, University of Mosul (Iraq);  PhD, New Mexico State University
Email: otaani@plymouth.edu

Office: Hyde Hall 356
Phone: 603-535-3073

Spring Office Hours:  Tuesday 9:30am – 11:00am
Thursday 9:30am – 11:00am   &   1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Professor Ta’ani

Osama Ta’ani is an assistant professor of mathematics education who joined the Department of Mathematics in 2011. He teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. He started his professional life teaching in primary and secondary schools in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. After developing a passion for instruction he pursued a PhD in Mathematics at New Mexico State University. During this time he taught courses ranging from developmental mathematics through differential equations. His research interests include mathematics education, history of mathematics, and using historical sources (specially from Medieval Islam) in teaching mathematics. His research focuses on using history in mathematics education, in particular, how history can be implemented in classroom teaching, and how teachers can integrate historical sources in the mathematics curriculum as an instructional tool. This tool provides students with both flexible thinking and opportunities for comparison as well as improves creative thinking while creating a network of ideas. Osama is busy outside of class with his three children. He enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling, and canoeing.

Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

  • Multiple paths to mathematics practice in al-Kashi’s Key to Arithmetic: A preliminary report (refereed, accepted 2010), Proceedings of CERME7, the Seventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Rzeszów, Poland, 2011.
  • Al-Kashi’s Key to Arithmetic: Its Context, Contents, and Educational Impact Up Through the Ottoman Empire. MAA General Contributed Paper Session, III, Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, January 2011.
  • The Concept of Derivative as Presented in Nineteenth Century American Calculus Textbooks. History and Theories of Mathematics Education Miniconference, New Mexico State University, May 2010.
  • Stochastic Processes for Financial Mathematics. Stochastic Processes Seminar, New Mexico State University, 2008.
  • Brownian Motion, Martingales. Stochastic Processes Seminar, New Mexico State University, 2008.
  • New hybrid CG-projected BFGS for minimization (with Abbas Al-Bayati), Rafidayn Journal of Sciences (2006) 17 (1), 38-49.
  • New proposed projected BFGS algorithm, (with Abbas Al-Bayati), Rafidayn Journal of Sciences -Comp., Math. & Stati., Special Issue (2004) 15(2), 53-68.
  • New interleaving projected Quasi-Newton algorithm (with Abbas Al-Bayati), Abhath al-Yarmouk: Basic Sciences and Engineering (2002) 11 (1B), 217-237.

Awards or recognition

  • Travel award from CERME7, the Seventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, Rzeszów, Poland, February 2011
  • The Science Education Alliance award, SCIAD Program, May 2009.
  • Excellent Teacher Honor, Dar al-Fikr Schools, Saudi Arabia, November 2005.
  • Excellent Teacher Honor, Dar al-Fikr Schools, Saudi Arabia, November 2002.

Courses Taught

  • MA 1800       College Algebra
  • MA 2110        Math in Our World I
  • MA 2140       Pre-Calculus
  • MA 3010       Math in Our World II
  • MA 3460       History of Mathematics
  • MG 5730       Topics in Discrete Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Contact Us

Mathematics Department


Hyde Hall
Room 301
Phone: (603) 535-2233
E-mail: dboynton@plymouth.edu
(Dawn Boynton, Administrative Assistant)
Fax: (603) 535-2943

Mailing Address
17 High Street
MSC 29
Plymouth, NH 03264