Math 3000 - 1 Undergraduate Colloquium Aug. 2, 2016
Treibergs
GUIDELINES FOR TERM PAPER
Student who register for math 3000-1 must write a term paper, which is due
by 4:00 PM on Monday, December 12th in my mailbox. The paper should be about
a topic that was discussed by one of the lecturers presenting that semester. It
should be a self-contained mathematical paper rather than a book report. It
should be written to be readable by any undergraduate mathematics major. This
paper gives the student an opportunity to explore a topic of interest in more
depth. It also provides the student a chance to hone writing skills in a format
closer to papers and reports he will be writing in his professional career.
FOCUS! Since the paper is short it should develop one single idea. Formulate your
main point and develop it. It could be about a theorem or a model or a method.
WRITE MATHEMATICS! The paper should develop introductory mathematics and motivate
the results. It should include some theorems and their proofs or models and their
analysis. Provide sufficiently large diagrams and tables where appropriate.
BE SCHOLARLY! Support your writing with attributable references, such as mathematics
books and articles from mathematics journals. You should have at least three references
that are books or journal articles. You should also reference all of your internet
sources. Although usually correct, they do not carry the authority of peer reviewed
articles. Internet sources should be referenced by the author and should include a
complete URL.
WRITE WELL! Your paper should have good technical writing style and not be chatty.