Math
4149
Spring
2003
Departmental
Instructor:
Dr. Cynthia Verjovsky Marcotte Telephone:
4648878
Email:cynthm@admin.stedwards.edu Office:
Andre Hall 305
Web: http://www.stedwards.edu/~cynthm
Office
hours:Tuesday
and Thursday 11:00 to 12:30
Wednesday10:0011:50
Class
meeting:
Fri 24:15 in FH106. Class meets from 2:003:00 most days.
Each
student will give two 30 minute practice seminars, one with final transparencies,
the second one may be with transparencies or, at the students’ choice,
in Powerpoint.Each student will
write a paper on the same subject as their talk.
Students
will be required to attend the Lucian Symposium. They will also be required
to attend 8 talks in Senior Seminar.Attendance
in SOURCE or the MAA meeting may substitute some of these. Please talk
to me about this.
Students
are also encouraged to participate in Mathematical Association of America
(MAA) Texas Section Meeting with a talk or in SOURCE (Symposium on Undergraduate
Research and Creative Expression) with a poster.
§MAA
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 24^{th}, 2003
Web
Submission form: http://www.tamucommerce.edu/AcademicOrganizations/maa/abs_form.html
§SOURCE
Seminar Abstract Submission Deadline: March 7^{th}, 2003
Information: http://www.stedwards.edu/SOURCE/2003/index.htm
Course
Prerequisites:
Math 4148, senior standing, and consent of instructor and supervisor.
Course
Content:
See General Handout, as well. The course focus is a 25minute seminar presentation
based on current research in the mathematics literature and/or the student’s
previous semesters of undergraduate research. A corresponding written summary
of the research must also be submitted.
Meetings
with Seminar Supervisor:
You each have a seminar supervisor (your Math 4148 instructor). I am the
Departmental Instructor. Each student is required to meet with their seminar
supervisor weekly and failure to appear will reduce your grade or result
in WA grade.
Grade:
See General Handout, as well. Your seminar presentation grade will be determined
by jointly by the mathematics department faculty and guest experts. Your
seminar supervisor will determine the written paper grade.
Presentation:
50%
Paper: 30%
Attendance:
at meetings, symposia, practices, MFT, discussions, etc. 20%.
Please
note on the general handout, that in order to PASS, each student must successfully
give the seminar as scheduled, take the MFT, and turn in an acceptable
paper. IF YOU DO NOT turn in an acceptable paper, you will
Dates:
Students
will meet weekly with their seminar supervisors.
Friday,
January 17

Meet
in FH 106

Friday,
January 24

Meet
in FH106
Hand
in 200 word or less abstract of research. Optional:
Submit abstract to MAA online Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor 
Friday,
January 31

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of: Abstract,
Outline of Paper, plus at least 3 references (in Sci Notebook) 
Friday,
February 7

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
Attend
LUCIAN Symposium Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of: Full
Outline plus several completed Transparencies
(in Sci. Notebk.) 
Friday,
February 14

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of: Introduction
of Paper, plus previous work (in Sci Notebook) 
Friday,
February 21

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of: 1
or more Sections
of Paper, plus previous work (in Sci Notebook) & 1^{st}
draft of Transparencies (in
Sci Notebook) 
Friday,
February 28

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
Final
Abstracts
for Senior Seminar due, to departmental instructor Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of: 2
or more Sections
of Paper, plus previous work (in Sci Notebook) & 2^{nd}
draft of Transparencies (in Sci Notebook) 
Friday,
March 7

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
1^{st}
Practice Talk,
with transparencies. After
corrections, bring SciNotebook disk with transparencies Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of: Complete
1^{st} draft
of Paper (in Sci Notebook) Optional:
Submit abstract for Poster for SOURCE 
Friday,
March 21

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
2^{nd
}Practice Talk,
with transparencies or Powerpoint 
Wednesday,
March 26 &
Thursday,
March 27 
Final
Dress Rehearsal
(Time & place to be arranged)

Friday,
March 28

Morning:
SOURCE
Afternoon:
Senior Seminar 
Saturday,
March 29

Morning:
Senior Seminar

Wednesday,
April 2

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
Optional:
MAA format practice ¾15
minutes. 
Friday,
April 4

Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of:
Complete
2^{nd} draft
of Paper (in Sci Notebook) MAA
Meeting 
Friday,
April 11

Individual
meetings with seminar supervisor
MFT Give
1 copy to departmental instructor and 1 to seminar supervisor of: Penultimate
Draft of Paper due 
Friday,
April 25

Final
Paper Due

receive
a grade of F, and that is bad because it is one full year before this course
is offered again. A paper copy of your presentation slides is NOT an acceptable
paper.
Both
your presentation and your paper must be prepared using Scientific Notebook.
You must submit both a paper and an electronic version of your seminar
paper. (You may either email me an attached SciNotebook file, or give me
a diskette.)
Exam
dates:
MFT is April 11^{th} starting at 2:00 p.m.
Seminar
dates:
Seminars will be scheduled for the afternoon Friday March 28. You must
attend the required number of seminars. I will also allow some credit for
attending other symposiums such as Lucian, SOURCE, and MAA. Details will
be provided in class.
Final
Exam:
none.
Academic
Honesty:
All work submitted for grading and represented as being one’s own work,
must be created as the result of one’s own thought and effort. If such
work is not the result of one’s own thought and effort, such actions constitute
a violation of the academic honesty standards required in this course.
The normal penalty for academic dishonesty is a grade of F for the course.
Disabilities:
Any student who has a certified disability and/or handicap that requires
special consideration with respect to their class performance must inform
me privately before the third class day so that appropriate arrangements
can be made.
ATTENDANCE:
Attendance is VERY important. Any student missing 3 or more classes, including
individual weekly meetings, is likely to be unprepared for his/her seminar,
and is likely, at instructor’s discretion, to be dropped with the WA grade.
Missing any scheduled meetings with the departmental instructor or the
seminar supervisor without a valid excuse and without making the missed
meeting up will adversely affect that student’s grade. Any student who
has not given a practice seminar which would earn a grade of C or higher,
by Mar. 21 will, at instructor’s discretion, be dropped with a WA grade.
It is in neither the student’s nor the school’s interest for the sttudent
to give an illprepared public seminar.
Due
dates: You
must meet the required due dates that mark your progress through the course.
Failure to meet 4 or more deadlines in a timely fashion will drop your
grade by one or more letter grades.
Seminar
Paper:
Your paper must contain a title page, with your name, SEU ID number, title
of paper, course name and date. This is followed by your abstract. The
body of the paper is to be divided into sections, with headings. The title
of the sections may vary depending on your topic. Typical layout follows,
for an example paper on "Spherical Mappings on R":
*
Title page
*
Abstract
*
1. Introduction
2.
General Properties
3.
Orthogonal Mappings
4.
Mappings on Integers
5.
Mappings on R
*
6. Conclusion and Open Questions
*
7. References
*Must
have this section
Title
page should have:
Math 4149
Senior
Seminar
Name
SEU
ID
Supervisor:
Abstract should be 200 words or less
Introduction
should be at least 2 pages, doublespaced in 10point font.
The
main part of the paper (sections 2 to n) should be at least 8 pages.
Conclusion
and Open Questions section should be at least 2 pages.
You
should have a minimum of three references that are from refereed journals.
References
must be in alphabetical order, using either numbers or letters to cite
the articles. Please note they should NOT appear in the order they are
cited in the text (unless that coincides with alphabetical order).