Odes: Final Projects


The final project should be an in-depth exploration of a particular application of differential equations. alternatively, you can work on thoroughly understanding a particular method of solution, numerical or analytic. In your project you should strive for depth; avoid doing a broad survey. You should also do something, as opposed to merely reading about stuff.

Initial pre-presentation

Approximately week five (we'll set the date later), you will give an initial presentation in which you introduce your topic. You should give a sense of what you'll be doing the next several weeks and the questions you'll wish to address. There are several goals for this initial presentation.
  1. Force you to choose a topic early rather than later.
  2. Let other people in the class know what you're up to; get feedback and ideas from others.
  3. Give you a chance to practice giving technical presentations. You'll get feedback on your presentation from both me and classmates.
Since the pre-presentation is intended for people in the class, it will likely be rather technical. Presentations will be around 10-15 minutes. You should use overhead transparencies. Powerpoint is strongly discouraged.

We will probably schedule an evening session so we can have all the presentations on the same day. We will also probably not meet during the classtime before the day of pre-presentations.

Final Presentations

Sometime during week 10 we will give presentations in a session open to the community. This will probably be Monday of week 10. In a few weeks we will decide on a format. The session will involve some combination of talks, posters, and papers.

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