Managing Mathematical Projects - with Success! / Edition 1

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Based on over twenty years' experience as supervisor and external examiner of project work in mathematics, Phil Dyke shows you how to get the best out of degree projects and case studies in mathematics. There are guidelines on setting up a project - be it individual or group - advice on time management, and tips on how to get the most out of verbal presentations and how to succeed in peer assessment. Pointers as to what the assessor will be looking for and advice on the all-important project write-up also provide an essential head start. This practical guide will be essential reading for students in the second or final year of a mathematics degree - or other courses with a high mathematical content - and a useful resource for lecturers and project advisors looking for ideas on how to devise, assess and manage projects.

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"More than 20 years of the author’s experience in supervising and assessing mathematical projects have resulted in this book, the title of which can hardly be more eloquent. … The features of individual projects, group projects and case studies are carefully described … . It is a sheer joy reading it and appreciating the authors’ refined style and humor. From the viewpoint of students, supervisors, as well as of assessors, this book must be unanimously marked as excellent." (EMS Newsletter, September, 2005)

"The text does discuss fully the supervision and assessment of both pure and applied mathematics projects, and, for me personally, the level of detail on this aspect has been the most useful feature of the book. … Academic staff will certainly find this book relevant. For departments considering introducing final year projects based on mathematics, Managing mathematical projects gives invaluable guidelines. For departments already running such projects, the book is both useful and stimulating." (David Hood, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 91 (520), 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852337360
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 12/4/2003
  • Series: Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Organisation
1.1 Individual Projects
1.2 Group Projects
1.3 Case Studies
2. Assessment
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Interim Reports
2.3 Verbal Presentations
2.4 Final Report
2.5 Moderating
2.6 Assessment of Case Studies
3. Individual Projects
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Selecting a Project
3.3 Report Writing
3.4 Non-Euclidean Geometry
3.4.1 Scope
3.4.2 Project Details
3.5 Boomerangs
3.5.1 Scope
3.5.2 Project Details
3.6 Hurricane Dynamics
3.6.1 Scope
3.6.2 Project Details
3.7 Hypergeometric Functions
3.7.1 Scope
3.7.2 Project Details
3.8 Summary
3.9 Project Examples
4. Group Projects
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Setting up Group Projects
4.2.1 Peer Assessment
4.2.2 Dividing into Groups
4.3 Estuarial Diffusion
4.4 Graphs and Networks
4.5 Fourier Transforms
4.6 Orbital Motion
4.7 Conclusion
4.8 Further Suggestions
5. Case Studies
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Ocean Surface Dynamics
5.3 Non-linear Oscillations
5.4 Traffic Flow
5.5 Contour Integral Solutions to ODEs
5.6 Optimisation
5.7 Euler and Series
5.8 Summary
5.9 Exercises
A. Project Example 1: Topics in Galois Theory
A.1 Galois' Approach
A.1.1 Preparation
A.1.2 The Galois Resolvent
A.1.3 The Galois Group
A.1.4 Soluble Equations and Soluble Groups
A.2 The Modern Approach
A.2.1 Field Extension
A.2.2 The Galois Group
A.2.3 Applying Galois Theory
A.3 Soluble Groups
A.3.1 Normal Subgroup Series
A.3.2 Normal Subgroups
A.3.3 Simple Groups
A.3.4 p-Groups
A.4 Geometrical Constructions
A.4.1 Constructible Points
A.4.2 Impossibility Proofs
A.4.3 Performing Algebraic Operations by Construction
A.4.4 Regular n-gons
B. Project Example 2: Algebraic Curves
B.1 Basic De.nitions and Properties
B.1.1 Complex Algebraic Curves and Real Algebraic CurvesB.1.2 Projective Spaces
B.1.3 and Projective Curves
B.1.4 Singular Points
B.2 Intersection of Two Curves and Points of Inflection
B.2.1 Bezout's Theorem
B.2.2 Points of Inflection on a Curve
B.3 Conics and Cubics
B.3.1 Conics
B.3.2 Cubics
B.3.3 Additive Group Structure on a Cubic
B.4 Complex Analysis
B.4.1 Holomorphic Functions and Entire Functions
B.4.2 Closed Curve Theorem and Line Integrals
B.4.3 Liouville's Theorem and Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
B.4.4 Properties of Holomorphic Functions
B.4.5 General Cauchy Closed Curve Theorem
B.4.6 Isolated Singularities and Removable Singularities
B.4.7 Laurent Expansions
B.4.8 Residue Theorem
B.4.9 Conformal Mapping
B.5 Topology and Riemann Surfaces
B.5.1 Topology of Complex Algebraic Curves
B.5.2 Riemann Surfaces
B.5.3 Degeneration of a Cubic
B.5.4 Singularities and Riemann Surfaces
B.6 Further Topics
B.6.1 The Weierstrass Function
B.6.2 Differential Forms on a Riemann Surface
B.6.3 Abel's Theorem
C. Project Example 3: Water Waves on a Sloping Beach
C.1 Abstract
C.2 Introduction
C.3 Surface Waves
C.3.1 The Current
C.3.2 The Boundary Conditions
C.3.3 A Separable Solution of Laplace's Equation
C.4 [No Title]
C.4.1 The Velocity of the Waves
C.4.2 The Group Velocity of the Waves
C.4.3 The Motion of the Particles
C.4.4 Breaking Waves in Shallow Water
C.5 [No Title]
C.5.1 Plane Waves
C.5.2 Wave Rays
C.5.3 The Waves Approaching a Beach
C.5.4 Wave rays in shallow water
C.6 [No Title]
C.6.1 Conclusion and Discussion

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