The final project for this class consists of two parts: a short, 15-20 minute presentation, to be given either during the final exam time allocated for this class, or on the last day of class (we will need multiple days), and a short paper, about 3-4 pages in length. You will work with a randomly assigned partner. The topic can be about anything remotely related to number theory; a list appears below, or you can come up with your own and run it by the instructor and TA.
There are three deadlines for this project. Only the last counts for any grade, but the other two deadlines are concrete and you must meet them.
The paper should be written at a level so that other students in the class can understand and learn something from them. In other words, you should assume the reader has some knowledge of number theory vocabulary, but is not an expert at your subject. You do not necessarily need to give proofs in your paper, although in some situations proofs would be nice.
Ideally, the paper you write should be a well-written and educational exposition on the topic you chose. The style should probably be not quite like a textbook, and not quite like an encyclopedia article, but perhaps a cross of the two. Part of the purpose of submitting a rough draft is so the instructor and TA can provide feedback on the style and structure of the paper.
In theory, you could typeset your paper using a conventional wordprocessor, but we strongly suggest that you learn and use LaTeX, a document markup language that is used for typesetting mathematics. LaTeX is almost universally used amongst mathematicians, theoretical physicists, and computer scientists. You can find more information on preparing a document using LaTeX here (this information is more or less identical to something posted for Math 75 a year and a half ago.)
The following are some suggestions for possible topics. They are only meant as a starting point, so feel free to modify them or think of your own topics entirely.
The following are dates for the practice presentations. For now, we will hold them in Kemeny 343. If you plan on using a computer projector, you should bring whatever video adapters you have, especially if you have a Mac (you will probably need an adapter that can connect to a VGA or DVI display). Each group will have a total of 20 minutes to present, after which we will provide comments for about 5-10 minutes. It is important that you stay under the time limit so we can review everyone's presentation in a timely fashion.
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The scheduled final exam time for this class is Saturday, 12/3/2011, from 8:00am - 11:00am. Since this is not enough time to accomodate every group, we will have a second presentation session. The Friday time is 12/2/2011, 2:30pm - 5:00pm. Eight groups will present on Saturday, and six on the other day. You are not required to attend presentations during the session you will not be presenting in, but you are required to stay and listen to your fellow students' presentations during the session you do present in. Both presentations will be held in the usual classroom of 108 Kemeny.
If you need to present during a particular session (because of schedule conflicts), email me as soon as possible with your restriction.