[Isaac Newton in a Letter to Robert Hooke, dated 5 February 1675]

You will create an attractive and professional
two-page or three-page typed product (plus an annotated bibliography)
that explores the interesting and important **mathematical connections**.
Be sure that you research and include:

Here are two sample research products

Mathematics and Film by Kaitlyn Colucci (I especially liked the visual presentation and the deep connections to geometry. The connections to statistics and probability could have been even more in depth and replaced some of the timeframe elements that are not as mathematical)

Mathematics and Cancer by Maggie Hooks and Syd Shadrick (I especially liked how much research they brought in and how they organized it, including identifying which segments it connected to. The 2009 research should have also said it connected to statistics)

These were created in Microsoft Word and Google Slides, respectively.

You will communicate your expertise in a research presentation session on the "final exam" day. Your 2-page or 3-page product and your annotated bibliography will be taped up to the wall. We will divide up the class into two research sessions. During your session, you must stand by your product and annotated bibliography (which will be taped to the wall) to to present your project to classmates and answer their questions (and your answers must demonstrate expertise of your topic). The presentation component typically involves a group of 1 or 2 students at a time listening to and looking at your project so they can take notes for peer review. During the other session, you will talk to others about their research and fill out peer review. If you work with someone else, you will each be in different research sessions.

I am happy to help in office hours and you can also make an appointment through the library Research Advisory Program (RAP)

Your grade will be based upon the criteria above as well as the depth, clarity, and creativity of the product, annotations, explanations, mathematics, peer review and self-evaluations. Here is a grading rubric. As per the syllabus, participation in the research presentations is mandatory to pass the class.

Your research may take the form of topics in the book that we did not cover,
further examination of something we did, or something
else related to mathematics.
I encourage you to be creative and find a topic that relates to
mathematics that you are interested in.
I am happy to give you some
suggestions of topics related to your personal interests.
**Books**:
Catalog searches on a topic or the history of a field,
or books from the library or my office
can provide a wealth of information.

Also take a look at:

**Websites:**
Websites such as the
MacTutor History of
Mathematics archive (O'Connor and Robertson, 2005)
provide an
extensive collection of articles on particular people and topics.
The
Earliest Known Uses of
Some of the Words of Mathematics (Miller, J, 2008)
can provide history on the development as well as the first published
appearance of terms. Wikipedia's history pages and Google scholar
can also be useful.

This project connects in a variety of ways to the four general education goals for all students at ASU:

You could focus your project on a mathematical concept, a real-life concept with mathematical connections, a person, place, or more. There are many possibilities and I am happy to help you find a topic that you are interested in and also has connections to mathematicians and mathematics. Here are a variety of topics to give you an idea of some diverse possibilities.