Math 499 Project Guidelines

Spring 2005

Each student is required to give a twenty-five minute presentation to the class. In addition, you must email me an abstract for your talk, which I will post on the web, a week in advance. Also, everyone must have chosen a topic for their talks by mar 31st., or two weeks before their talk, whichever comes first. Please verify your subject with me as soon as possible so that I can make sure we don't have multiple people doing the same topic. Talks must relate in some way or form to plane curves and what we've done in class and should show some time, effort, and mathematical sophistication. Beyond that, people are encouraged to find something that interests them. If you're not sure what to do or are not sure whether a topic is good one, I'd be glad to give you ideas or suggestions. Most of you have probably never given a mathematical talk before. Making a presentation that is polished, understandable, and mathematically complete can be hard. I personally have seen undergrads(in somewhat other but similar circumstances) grossly mis-time their first mathematical talks. Please practice your timing and presentation beforehand. If you're extremely motivated, you can even give a practice talk to me and I will give you comments. You may use the chalkboard, overhead transparencies, or (If I can figure out how to set it up) even a computer. If you want to use anything besides a chalkboard please tell me a week in advance.

Presentation Schedule:

March : Remember Topic and abstract deadlines.

March 29th Taylor Goodhart and Rae Alty

April 5th: Andrew Altheimer and Patrocinio Rivera

April 12th: David Eng and Ian Feldman

April 19th: Aaron Hallquist and Robbie Fraleigh

April 26th: Daniel Glasscock

Example Project ideas

(abstracts and topic ideas from the last time this course was taught.)