Martin Flashman's Courses- Math 103 Spring, 2005
Contemporary Mathematics (Visual)
Project Proposal Guidelines and Suggestions
The Project. Each student will
participate in a course project as a part of a team. Each team will have
three or four members. These projects will be designed with assistance
from myself and the course assistants. The quality of the project will
be used for determining letter grades above the C level. Ideas for projects
will be discussed during the third week.
Preliminary Project Proposals should be submitted for first review
by 5 p.m., February 25th.
Projects should be submitted
for grading by Wednesday, April 27th before 5 P.M.
A Project Fair will be organized for displays and presentations during
the last day of class. Details will be discussed later.
Guidelines for Preliminary Proposals:
Proposal Format: The proposal should be typed (neatly
hand written proposals are acceptable).
Contents: The content of your proposal should describe,
explain or otherwise demonstrate what your project is as you currently
envision it. It should also indicate how you will go about completing the
Below are some specific suggestions on features your
proposal description might include:
Title: Include a name( or list of possible names )
for your project.
Introduction: (Your topic's core idea.) You should
explain the idea of your project. Remember that the Introduction is the
place where the reader hears about your idea. You should also explain how
the Proposal is organized in the introduction.
Form and result: Indicate your vision of the final
project's form(s), that is, the appearance of the FINAL PRODUCT. What will
your project look like in its final ideal form? Note that all forms
include some written explanatory component.
Variations: (optional) Since this is a preliminary
proposal, indicate some of the possible variations of both substance and
form. It might be useful to distinguish the ideal from what may be a minimal
project in both substance and form, and perhaps to see the project in stages
from minimal to ideal, just in case you run into practical or time problems.
References and Tools: List references and tools (books,
journals, software, people, etc.) that are relevant to your project and
that you might use. If you don't have any specific references yet, then
indicate the kind of references you might use and where you will
Methods- Timeline and Task Delegation: Who will do
what? When will they do it? If your projects has definite parts or subdivisions,
then indicate target dates for the completion of each stage.
This project is a collective effort and should reflect
the work and effort of all. Indicate when ans where you will meet outside
of class and how often. When possible, estimate the number of hours you
are allocating to each task.
Record keeping: Indicate how you will keep track of
the progress of your project and the time spent by each individual participant
on the project's work.
Pictures of some previous projects from Spring, 2004.
Results of Brainstorming and
other suggestions from previous courses :)
|Fibonacci and shapes in nature
Build a geometrical piece of furniture
Ceramic puzzles and tesselations
Comedy (any sort)
Compare and Contrast
Model (3d puzzle) paper mache or clay
crochet coasters "tesselation style"
a "paint by numbers" coloring page
make a bicycle
a giant tesselation
book of tangrams
photo documentary w/ Flatland perspective
|Make a geometry game
Build a picture from polygons
"I just want to dance"
A color pattern using only four colors
Geometric shapes and atterns in a room or house.
Escher write up
puzzle with spirograph
Display with illustrations of formulas and tangrams, etc.
Shapes, angles, etc. in everyday things (aka buildings, bridges)
A children's play
"Flatland" the movie
solar oven and it's mathematical principles
build three dimensional shapes
power point performance
elaborate on Flatland with funny articles
mandala - artwork