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: - 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);
- 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;
- You must quote, at the end of your paper, all the references that you used for your work;
- Your paper must provide historical and contextual facts and/or preliminary background material on the topic of your paper;
- 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...);
- Your paper must contain illustrative graphs and tables (Maple or Mathematica outputs, Excel spreadsheets, etc...);
- Your paper can be written by yourself or by a group of at most two students.
- 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. |