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.

Possible Topics: 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.

Duration: 30 minutes. 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.

Grading: 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.

I strongly recommend that you practice your talk at least once, to polish it and ensure that the timing is accurate.


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