**Part 1** Choose a topic for the course project.
Print and turn in your LaTeX code and the LaTeX'ed document for the following:

- Your topic
- Your name and prior experience with the topic
- Search and report back on one interesting item related to prior progress in the area of your course project (it could be someone who laid groundwork on the topic, or peripheral but connected research or history). Include the date and the name of the person and their contribution.
- Search MathSciNet or other Library Databases for recent scholarly journal articles related to your course project topic and write down one item that you find, including the date and the journal, as well as the title.

**Part 2**

Beamer slides template: LaTex code and Figure 1, Figure 2 must be in the same directory to LaTeX (or you can comment out the \includegraphics code with a % until you are ready to add your own picture). pdf version. Beamer theme gallery

Part 1 + Preliminary bibliography template: LaTex code and pdf version

[Due Feb 23]

**Parts 3 and 4**
The majority of the course project will occur when you
create a work of your own **in your own words** that is
a 7-10 page long written paper using LaTeX and
a 9-11 minutes long LaTeX Beamer presentation. Include the following
components:

Here are two prior student papers: The Euclidean Algorithm by Deniz Gurel and The Beauty of Analytic Hierarchy Process by Huy Q. Tu

[first draft due Mar 23, final draft due May 8]

[presentations on Apr 13, 20, 27 and May 8]

A first draft of the paper will be due before the presentation and you should strive to improve the final version of the paper using feedback from us, peer review comments from the class during your presentation and your own experiences during the presentation.

Your grade will be based on the depth of the mathematics, and the clarity, quality and creativity of your work. You should strive to turn in work of publication quality in your course project: neat and easy to read, complete sentences, proper grammar and spelling, correct units, well-organized, and a demonstration of your mastery of the subject matter. Future employers and teachers will expect this quality of work. Moreover, although submitting work that is publication quality requires "extra" effort, studies have shown that the effort you expend in clearly explaining your ideas solidifies your learning. In particular, research has shown that writing and speaking trigger different areas of your brain. By communicating your ideas to others - even when you think you already understand them - your learning is reinforced by involving other areas of your brain.

The writing center in the library is available to help improve the quality of your writing.

See library and other searches

One example of a possible course topic would be the idea of
transformations [of a space/object]. In MAT 2240: Introduction to Linear
Algebra you explored matrix transformations in 2-D and 3-D. If you took
MAT 3610: Introduction to Geometry or MAT 3110: Modern Algebra,
you would have explored symmetries or groups, like
the dihedral group, the group S_{4}
or the symmetries of a cube or tetrahedron.
Research on Felix Klein and his Erlangen Program as well as this
application of transformations in
modern algebra to physics and chemistry would provide some
examples of 20th century perspectives. In addition,
recent research on transformations
is also easy to find via a MathSciNet search from the
library.