Guidelines for 2nd paper

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GUIDELINES FOR SECOND PAPER – History Paper
MATH 450
Due Tuesday February 12, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to present a thoughtful examination of some aspect of the
history of mathematics. One approach could be to choose a topic and trace its
development over time. This could include major discoveries and theorems, important
people involved, motivations for the development of the topic from outside mathematics,
or significant applications of the topic. Another approach to the paper could be to present
an historical topic from mathematics. This could include mathematical concepts
underlying the topic, mathematical and historical context for the topic, influences from
outside mathematics, or important developments arising from the topic.
Here are some guidelines as you work on this paper.
The paper (75 points)
 The mathematics is correct and clearly explained.
 The mathematical notation is used accurately.
 The paper is well organized, with a clear introduction and conclusion.
 The paper uses correct grammar and spelling
 The paper uses an appropriate writing style, that is, it should be written for an
audience of your peers (college seniors in mathematics). A conversational style is
best, but you should avoid slang.
 Sources are properly cited within the paper.
 Peer-reviewed sources are used, with a majority being non-Internet sources.
 A complete bibliography is included.
 The paper is 3 to 5 pages long, double-spaced in 12 pt. font.
 Two copies are submitted.
The presentation (25 points)
 The presentation relates the topic to the audience.
 The mathematics is correct and clearly explained.
 The mathematical notation is used accurately.
 The presentation has a clear introduction and conclusion.
 The presenter speaks clearly and makes eye contact with the audience.
 The presentation includes a PowerPoint component.
 The time requirement of 8-10 minutes is met.
You should also consult the rubrics posted on the course website.