Office: South 326A

Telephone: 245-5403

Office Hours: Monday 3:30 - 4:30p, Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00p, Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00p, Thursday 8:00 - 9:00p, Friday 10:30 - 11:30a, or by appointment or visit.

Email Address: Johannes@Geneseo.edu

Web-page: http://www.geneseo.edu/~johannes

Reading

Occasional handouts and library resources.

Purposes

Reading, writing, and speaking about arithmetic (um, mathematics, that is).

Overview

This is a most unusual mathematics class, in that you are not responsible for learning any mathematics. You will be preparing a library research project on a topic in mathematics and presenting several presentations to the class. We will also discuss several issues related to these performance outcomes. These may include some of the following: typesetting in mathematics, bibliographic references in mathematics, and talk styles in mathematics. This class is about producing products and not about learning mathematics.

Learning Outcomes

Students in Math 348, Oral Presentation and Research Seminar will

• develop library research skills in the area of mathematics.

• develop critical skills applicable to attending mathematical presentations.

• produce a mature oral presentation of a non-trivial mathematical topic.

Grading

Half of your grade will come from your project. The other half will come from your presentations. The following is the ultimate courseweights for each component:

Project Others

5% - topic selection 5% homework presentation

5% - library assigment 10% each colloquia analyses (2)

10% - topic presentation 5% participation

10% - annotated bibliography

10%/5% - two rehearsals (higher percentage for higher grade)

20% - GREAT day presentation

5% - self-evaluation reflection

Project

Each student is responsible for completing a project. Your project will include research on a significant mathematical topic of your choice. You must include reference to at least five resources, two of which must be non-internet resources, one of which must be an MAA Journal (The College Mathematics Journal, The American Mathematical Monthly, or Mathematics Magazine).

Presentations

Each student will present several talks using diverse media of different lengths. For each talk you will also review the other students' presentations. Talks will be scored using the oral rubric given to you. You will also use this rubric to assess your classmates' talks. If you miss your talk, or the review of another student's talk, you will receive no credit for the presentation. If your talk is too short, your score will be scaled by the fraction of the time that you used. If your talk is too long, your score will be scaled by 3/4.

Colloquia Analyses

Attend a mathematics department colloquium presentation, write a report. In the report, describe the content of the talk (including a detailed discussion of the mathematics). In addition to your description of the talk, also write an analysis of the presentation - include both strengths and weaknesses. Papers are due at most a week after the presentation. I will gladly look at papers before they are due to provide comments. The first must be completed before spring break.

Participation

It is important that you make every attempt to attend class, since active involvement is an integral part of this course. If you are present and attending to the presentations of the day, you will receive one participation point that day. If you also participate to the class as a whole (answer a question, provide suggestions to a presenter, ask an insightful question or offer important relevant commentary) you will receive two participation points for that day. If you are not engaged in class, you will receive no points for that day. Attending each day and never speaking in class will earn 80%. Speaking every other day on which there is an opportunity to speak will earn 95%. Scores between will be scaled linearly.

Feedback

Occasionally you will be given anonymous feedback forms. Please use them to share any thoughts or concerns for how the course is running. Remember, the sooner you tell me your concerns, the more I can do about them. I have also created a web-site which accepts anonymous comments. If we have not yet discussed this in class, please encourage me to create a class code. This site may also be accessed via our course page on a link entitled anonymous feedback. Of course, you are always welcome to approach me outside of class to discuss these issues as well.

Disability Accommodations

SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional or learning disabilities. Students should consult with the Director in the Office of Disability Services (Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, 105D Erwin, tbuggieh@geneseo.edu) and their individual faculty regarding any needed accommodations as early as possible in the semester.

Religious Holidays

It is my policy to give students who miss class because of observance of religious holidays the opportunity to make up missed work. You are responsible for notifying me no later than February 6 of plans to observe the holiday.

Loose Schedule - subject to adaptations.

January 19 Introductions

January 22 Library research meeting (in class - bring laptops)

January 26 Colloquium 2:30p - talk in Newton 214.

January 29 Library assignment due. Colloquia Discussion. Maybe rubric.

February 2 Video analysis (#1, #2) - introduction to the rubric

February 5 Research topic due. Homework presentations - markerboard (3-4 min)

February 9

February 12 work day

February 16 Project topics presented with question time - opaque projector (5-7 min)

February 19 topics

February 23

February 26 Finish topics.

March 2 work day. Annotated bibliography due.

March 5 revised title and abstract due - must be resubmitted.

March 9

March 19 Presentation rehearsal 1 - with computer slides (10-15 min)

March 23

March 26 Presentation rehearsal 1 - with computer slides

March 30

April 2 Peer presentations (2 rooms)

April 6

April 9 Presentation final rehearsal (10-15 min)

April 11 We may need this day for rehearsals, too.

April 13

April 16 Presentation final rehearsal

April 17 GREAT Day presentations (12 min)

April 20 Reflection conversation.

April 23 - no class

April 27 - no class

April 30 Self-evaluation and course reflection due.