Dr. Sarah's Presentation Checklist - Presentation counts as a topic EXAM

The computer file (whatever.ppt) must be attached on WebCT to Dr. Sarah at 1339520031 before 12pm on the day of your presentation. It is your responsibility to make sure that this is received by Dr. Sarah. Do not expect to load your presentation from a disk - the computer does not have a disk drive. You are responsible for the material from other people's presentations for WebCT quizzes and the final exam.

Do the presentation notes (you will create and turn in notes or index cards on what you will say during the presentation), PowerPoint and presentation itself:


  1. start on time?
  2. flow smoothly?
  3. include enough eye contact with the audience?
  4. look professional?
  5. last between 15-22 minutes total?
  6. spend most of the time on the mathematics?
  7. make effective use of PowerPoint?
  8. contain enough writing on the board, computer, and/or handout?
  9. have everything that is written/typed also orally communicated?
  10. contain at least one picture of the mathematician?


  11. contain only correct historical facts that relate to the themes below? (Do NOT create a biography).

    Influences, Support, Barriers and Diversity Issues

  12. address the issue of influences that led them to becoming a mathematician, by answering some (or all, if possible) of the following:
    What influences led them to becoming a mathematician?
    Did they have support from family and society?
    Why did they become a mathematician?
    What kind of barriers did they face while becoming a mathematician?
  13. deeply explore this issue?
  14. address gender, racial or multicultural/ethnic issues in this mathematician's experiences address this issue?
    If your mathematician is a woman, be sure to also address whether they are married and have a family, and whether their husband is also a mathematician or scientist.
    If your mathematician is a white man with no apparent diversity issues, be sure to address whether they have mentored women or other traditional minorities in mathematics.
  15. deeply explore this issue?

    Mathematical Style

  16. address this issue by answering as many of the following as possible?
    How do they describe the process of doing mathematics and/or mathematical research?
    How do they get the flashes of insight that they need to do research?
    How do their mathematical minds work? Do they have a photographic memory? Are they really good with numbers? Are they good at visualization?
    Does the mathematician often collaborate (ie write papers with other mathematicians) or instead mostly work by themselves?
  17. deeply explore this issue?


  18. contain an introduction that summarizes the mathematics to be discussed?
  19. discuss how the mathematics relates to the mathematician?
  20. clearly state the mathematics?
  21. define all variables, terminology, and notation used?
  22. flow smoothly?
  23. give simple examples?
  24. contain correct mathematics?
  25. explain any graphs mentioned?
  26. explain and illustrate any equations, theorems or statements mentioned with examples?
  27. contain enough examples?
  28. discuss the importance of the work in the context of mathematics, the real world, and/or applications?
  29. discuss the mathematics as directed in the assignment? This is worth more.
  30. give evidence that you understand the mathematics that you are discussing? Do not present material that you do not understand. This is worth more.
  31. discuss the mathematics in your own words? This is worth more.
  32. explain the mathematics slowly and clearly enough so that Dr. Sarah can follow?
  33. explain the mathematics slowly and clearly enough so that others who haven't seen it before can follow? This is worth more.
  34. explore the mathematics deeply? This is worth more.