MATH 479 Syllabus

Capstone

Revised: September, 2014

Course Description

A course requiring written papers and oral presentations by students on historical and con- temporary topics from current mathematical literature. Prerequisite: Senior standing and MATH 250. Two semester hours.

Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Read and comprehend mathematics as found in professional journal articles;
  • Communicate mathematics by writing formal mathematics papers;
  • Communicate mathematics verbally by presenting formal mathematics seminars; and
  • Discover the dynamic nature of mathematics and interdependence of its various branches.

Text

Martin Aigner, Günter M. Ziegler. Proofs from THE BOOK, Third Edition, Springer 2004

Grading Procedure

Grading procedures and factors influencing course grade are left to the discretion of individual instructors, subject to general university policy.

Attendance Policy

Attendance policy is left to the discretion of individual instructors, subject to general university policy.

Course Outline

Project 1: Students present a theorem from a previous course and write a paper about this theorem. (6 days)

Project 2: Students work in groups to present material from the textbook and write a paper about this topic. (8 days)

Project 3: Students each read a professional research paper or complete an undergraduate research project. Each student explores his or her topic in more depth, writes a major paper about the topic, and presents the material during seminar which is advertised to the department. (12 days)

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