Martin Flashman's Courses
Math 103 Spring, 2014

Contemporary Mathematics
Project Proposal Guidelines and Suggestions
The Project. Each student will participate in a course project as a part of a partnership. Each partnership will have three or four members. These projects will be designed with assistance from myself. The quality of the project will be used for determining letter grades above the C level. Ideas for projects will be discussed in class.

Preliminary Project Proposals should be submitted for first review by 5 pm, Monday, February  24th.
Projects should be submitted for grading by Friday, May 2nd before noon.

A Project Fair will be organized for displays and presentations during the time scheduled for the final examination, Wednesday, May 14 starting at 3:00 pm. 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 project.

• 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 first 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 must 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 find them.
• 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 HSU projects from Spring, 2004.
Some Final Projects from Tom Banchoff's courses at Brown University and elsewhere.

Results of Brainstorming and other suggestions from previous courses :)

 Fall 2005 at Occidental College: The golden ratio Tiling patterns of gems, floors, roofs,  architecture,  fashion, wallpaper design 3d tiling MC Escher perspective optical illusions knots fractals Origami symmetries in -Advertisement, nature (pine cones, flowers, zebras), food- (decorating, catering), Oxy, music (songs, guitars), sports, logos, body  Japanese art,  Buddhist art, animals (camouflage) price and complexity of tilings Pictures of Tangram puzzles Proving Pythagorean Theorem geometric art The coloring problem Plato's cave Patterns in supermarket displays, dance Flatland sequel (4d) Spring 2005 at HSU: Geometric computer graphics of a song geometric pottery Stainedwindow with geometric design tesselation with music notes tesselation with things found in nature quilt with "cool" fabric photograph buildings, streets, clothing, things in nature w/ geometric patterns spiral tesselation with things found in nature quit with "cool" fabric Kaleidescope geometric problems pendulum photograph buildings, streets, clothing, things in nature w/ geometric patterns Maps religious studies ceramic tilings (game) map of Flatland Game of Flatland with ceramic tiles The Mayan calendar Blueprint and landscape architecture Symmetry of a car (inside and out) Juggling and Knots geometric shape of building (Mainly sports) Symmetry and structural  integrity checkers- board games diversity of dimension

 Fibonacci and shapes in nature Build a geometrical piece of furniture a mosaic Ceramic puzzles and tesselations Telescope Maps Quilts Film Comedy (any sort) Photo collage Compare and Contrast Model (3d puzzle) paper mache or clay tesselation Tree fractal quilt crochet coasters "tesselation style" a "paint by numbers" coloring page make a bicycle stained glass mobiles sculpture bridgemaking (architecture) vatican making drug lab 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. kite visual illusions Escher  write up puzzle with spirograph fibonacci sequence Display with illustrations of formulas and tangrams, etc. Shapes, angles, etc. in everyday things (aka buildings, bridges) A play A children's play "Flatland" the movie dioramas comics musical numbers movie painting/drawing solar oven and it's mathematical principles build three dimensional shapes power point performance websites paper elaborate on Flatland with funny articles mandala - artwork