Final Project


Submit your final project through BLACKBOARD: click on Course Content and on the title of the assignment that will appear (that is, "Final Project"). Recall that the due date is December 4, 2015. Remember this project is a mandatory part of the class and fulfills Gen Ed requirements.
Even if you are working in groups, each member of the group will need to submit a copy of the project. (Be sure to make it clear who all the members of group are!)
The preferred format is a pdf file.

This document provides some suggestions for possible final projects for MA 137. You can choose any other project of your choice provided it has both a substantial mathematical component (related to what we learned in MA 137) and an adequate biological and/or medical interest. You can freely draw your projects from the World Wide Web. The following website maintained by the author of our textbook is also a valuable source of information:

Here are some guidelines with which your paper must comply:

  1. You have to turn in a typewritten paper, at least four (4) pages long. It should be double spaced, it should use 12pt fonts (Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial);
  2. Your paper should not be in an itemized form but it should be written in a narrative/expository form. You can use sections and subsections. There must be an abstract, an introductory preamble and a final conclusion;
  3. You must quote, at the end of your paper, all the references that you used for your work;
  4. Your paper must provide historical and contextual facts and/or preliminary background material on the topic of your paper;
  5. Your paper must contain all the steps of your calculations (say, derivatives and/or limits). You must also indicate which properties you are using while doing your calculations (say, product rule, chain rule, etc...);
  6. Your paper must contain illustrative graphs and tables (Maple or Mathematica outputs, Excel spreadsheets, etc...);
  7. Your paper can be written by yourself or by a group of at most two students.
  8. Your project paper will be worth at most 20 points.

Please seek help from your instructor if you are uncertain on what to do. You can also seek a preliminary opinion from your instructor to determine whether you are doing satisfactory work. DO NOT WAIT until the last minute to complete your project and/or seek help.