applied modern algebra - projects

the following information is tentative and will be updated during the semester.

projects are only for students enrolled in 5383. for the project, you should learn about a topic related to the course material, and write a report and give a presentation on this topic. your topic must be approved in advance, and must contain a significant amount of mathematical and/or programming content. the report and the presentation will be graded separately, and each is worth 50% of your project grade.

you may do your project individually or with a partner. (the partner should also be in 5383--no ringers!). if you choose to work with a partner, then i will expect more substance to your project, with a description of what each person contributed, and both individuals still need to give a presentation.


suggested ideas for projects

report guidelines

your report about your topic will be graded on the following aspects: content (it shouldn't be too "lite"), clarity (this includes overall organization as well as clarity of individual sentences/paragraphs), and originality. originality does not mean i expect you to prove new theorems or come up with new cryptographic ideas. but the bulk of your presentation should be novel, based on how you assimilate information from your references, and possibly (depending on your project topic) working out examples on your own and/or writing your own code to illustrate things. it should certainly not be a slightly modified version of some exposition you find online.

the main general guideline is that you should write the report like a professional mathematical exposition. here are a few of examples of mathematical exposition:

structural requirements/guidelines:

general guidelines:

presentation guidelines and suggestions

you may ignore this section

your presentation should be:

here are some friendly suggestions to help make a good presentations, which should also help make you more comfortable when you present. and don't worry---i'm not grading you on speaking ability, but on content: did you prepare well? are your slides clear? did you learn something? do you have any idea what you're talking about? if so, you should get high marks for the presentation.

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