Projects must address some aspect of the history of mathematics, and all project proposals must be preapproved by the instructor. We will work on the project for 2030 minutes at the beginning of class each Wednesday/ Thursday, and you may work on it during any spare time you have during class.
The project will be a 2page minimum paper in MLA format. A grading rubric will be published with points given for depth of research, understanding of mathematics, ability to bring various sources together and quality of prose, with additional points given for insightful thinking. Here is a schedule of important dates and deadlines:
Dec 15 (online): Students receive prompt and read it. Questions may be asked via email over the weekend. Instructor will post proposed projects.
Dec 19/20 at the beginning of class for 2030 minutes. Research on projects and preparation of proposals.
Dec 21 (online): initial project proposals due by email at 9pm.
Dec 2224 (online): instructor gives feedback on proposals
Dec 30, 9pm (online): final proposals due. If proposal unacceptable, Mr. Pear will choose a project for you.
Jan 9/ 10, beginning of class (paper): Initial research findings due. Additional sources may be presented. Jan 18, 9pm (online): Unpolished, fullyformatted draft due.
Jan 25, 9pm (online): Final draft due. As your time and space are limited, keep your project limited in its focus. A project on Euclid and the Pythagorean theorem will be much more manageable that one on the theorem from
Pythagoras to the present. Expect to do plenty of reading and writing that never appears directly in your paper.
The depth of your research will be demonstrated by the quality of your ideas. This project will count for approximately 10% of your semester grade.
Preapproved project proposals