Presentation topics, Mathematical Computation, Math 9171
Each student will give one presentation during the second half of the course.
All students are expected to attend all presentations and to arrive on time.
These are suggestions, but you can also propose other topics.
Topics need to be discussed with me and approved.
You should choose a topic that is not something you already know about.
I can give more information about
the topics and can suggest further references.
You should also do some research about the topics.
Some of these may be covered in class, as the final choice of
course material is still being worked out.
Many of these can be studied using Sage, but there are also
other software packages that might be more appropriate.
- Number theory (in Sage or something else).
- Cryptography (in Sage or something else), e.g. RSA, lattice-based
crypto, elliptic curve crypto, etc.
- Integer factorization algorithms.
- Grobner bases (in Sage or something else).
- Combinatorics and/or graph theory (in Sage or something else).
- Polytopes (in Sage or something else).
- Numerical integration and differential equations (in Sage or something else).
- An introduction to another mathematical software package, such as
Macaulay, Singular, Maxima, etc.
- Machine learning. (This article
by G. Williamson might be a good place to start.)
- Topological data analysis (studying large data sets using algebraic topology).
- Kenzo, a powerful tool for doing computations in algebraic topology.
Available as part of Sage.
- SageManifolds, or some other software for studying manifolds.
- Software for knot theory and links. Sage has some support.
- Quantum computing.
- Haskell, functional programming, lazy evaluation.
- Prolog, a language for encoding problems using logic.
The presentations are not long, so you will need to carefully
select the appropriate amount of material to present.
You should focus on the key ideas, with illustrative examples,
motivation, necessary background, and history (e.g. attributions and years).
The presentations can involve writing on the board, prepared slides, computer software,
or some combination.
The presentations will be worth 40% of the overall mark in the course.
They will be graded on:
Note that knowledge of material is just a small part of the grade.
The presentation itself is much more important. Because of this, you
should practice the talk at least once or twice beforehand, with someone listening, and you should time how long
it takes. This is extremely important. You should also address
your presentation to your fellow students, not to me; students in the audience
are strongly encouraged to ask questions during and after the talk.
- Outline and organization: Well-organized; appropriate choice of
topics and amount of material; good outline, handed in on time.
- Knowledge of material. Be prepared to answer questions.
- Clarity and style of presentation: speaking clearly, looking
at audience, giving clear explanations, etc.
- Blackboard/tablet use (if you use them):
Use boards in order, don't erase what you've
just written, don't stand in front of what you've written,
legible, enough words written, etc.
- Slides/software (if you use them):
Well-designed slides, not too packed with content;
designed to focus on the important material;
not flipped by too fast.
- Duration: End with the correct duration and go at an appropriate pace.
You might want to build some flexibility into the end of your presentation
so you can adjust on the fly. And take into account that there
may be questions during your talk.
I strongly recommend that you practice your talk at least once,
to polish it and ensure that the timing is accurate.
- Next week: look over topics and read about a couple of them.
- In class on May 29 we'll discuss topics and dates.
Bring at least two possible choices of topic.
- Give me a brief outline (1 to 2 pages, in point form) ≥ 1 week ahead of
- Talks will take place June 19 to July 7.
Course home page.