Sample
Presentation
Jim Belk
Math 261, Fall 2010
Using PowerPoint
• You can also use Microsoft PowerPoint to
make slides.
• PowerPoint is not free, but most computers
on campus have it.
• You can see your slides as you make them.
Not as frustrating as LaTeX.
Pictures
PowerPoint has its own drawing toolbar. You
can make simple pictures right inside the
program:
C
F
E
B
D
A
Equations
PowerPoint has an equation editor for making
equations:
 b  b  4ac
x
2a
2
Equations
Alternatively, you can use LaTeX to make your
equations and then copy them into PowerPoint:
General Advice
• Use large fonts (at least 24 point).
General Advice
• Use large fonts (at least 24 point).
• Avoid long sentences.
General Advice
• Use large fonts (at least 24 point).
• Avoid long sentences. (Long pieces of text are
difficult to read when they appear on slides, so
unless you really need to have something
written in great detail it’s better to say it out loud
than to write the whole thing. Basically, your
audience should be listening to you speak
during the presentation, not reading the slides.)
General Advice
• Use large fonts (at least 24 point).
• Avoid long sentences.
• Don’t just read from the slides.
General Advice
• Use large fonts (at least 24 point).
• Avoid long sentences.
• Don’t just read from the slides.
• Sentence fragments: OK
General Advice
• Use large fonts (at least 24 point).
• Avoid long sentences.
• Don’t just read from the slides.
• Sentence fragments: OK
• Use about 1–3 slides per minute.
General Advice
• Use large fonts (at least 24 point).
• Avoid long sentences.
• Don’t just read from the slides.
• Sentence fragments: OK
• Use about 1–3 slides per minute.
• Practice beforehand!

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