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Project Presentations

The work of deveoping, researching, writing, and presenting a project can be tricky! Let's make it as easy as possible by listing expectations clearly.

The keys to a worthy written project are completeness and citing your sources of information and help. Here is more detail.

The written project is incomplete or of disastrous quality.

Some of the work is bad. Assignments are interpreted inaccurately or information is repeatedly used incorrectly. Work is done sloppily. Mistakes are ignored. Work fails to demonstrate that you know how to approach a problem, plan a strategy for solving the problem, do the math, and check that the answer makes sense.

Work is done neatly, but is not always very organized. Information is used correctly almost all the time. No mistakes were ignored, but there might be one or two mistakes that you did not notice. You do clearly know how to approach a problem, plan a strategy for solving the problem, do the math, and check that the answer makes sense.

All work is neat and very organized. Ideas are communicated very clearly. Paragraphs are used properly. Examples are included to support general statements and claims. All mistakes were noticed and fixed. When you received information or help from other sources (people, books, etc.) credit was given. You clearly know how to find an interesting problem, approach and analyze it, use resources, get help if needed, plan a strategy for solving the problem, do the math, and check that the answer makes sense. You are clearly aware of how you best learn and do math.

Presenting your project to the class can be scary, but is actually easy grade points. You will be graded on five criteria.

- Is the presentation organized? (Are you prepared? Do you share ideas in a sensible order?)
- Does the presentation flow? (Is your pace smooth? Do you handle questions well?)
- Is the presentation interesting?
- Does your audience learn something new?
- Do you exhibit confidence and/or excitement?

Almost all students get all five points. Whether or not you are nervous, it is usually worth practicing at home at least once in front of mirror, pet, or stuffed animal.