Basic Requirements for Math HTML Projects

  1. Students will pick one partner, if possible, to collaborate with.
  2. Presentation dates are Mon. Dec. 12—Thu. Dec. 15. Presentation will be chronological.
  3. All partners and topics must be selected by Monday, November 8, 2005 or will be assigned. Topics will be mathematicians for freshmen/sophomores and be selected from a hat.
  4. Students may create an HTML file for bonus but must follow strict rules if they do. The file must be formatted as discussed below. It should be about 2 or 4 pages in a format (font size, text density, and style) similar to the 15 numbers and 10 statistics lectures already available.
  5. Students will present their topic to the class in an 8 to 10 minute presentation. This is a presentation. Reading of your notes is not allowed. Powerpoint and such may not be available (unless you supply the computer). However, some form of visual aid or relevant group activity is required. Important project material will be tested on semester exams.
  6. If doing a web page, please check if it has been done before and CONSIDER improvements rather than starting from scratch. Many old presentations can be accessed from Some have had various problems removed. Others are formatted poorly.
  7. Your presentation should focus on 3 to 5 specific questions concerning your topic. E-mail these to before Nov. 14 for approval. Be sure to answer these questions.
  8. All necessary additions, corrections, and final alterations shall be made to the bonus web page by Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 and stored in the PC in SH100 in the directory \calkins\www\math\biograph.
  9. All information collected should be "common knowledge", widely available in most common sources. Thus references are not required and are actually to be avoided in the final product. (Except for any images, where a link to the original is ASSUMED.) However, good research principles dictates that you retain reference information at least until the project is completed, accepted, and graded.
  10. File changes, if from a prior year, should not be frivolous but adhere to the file format requirements listed below.
  11. Roughly 50% of the presentation/web page should focus on their mathematics, 25% on how their work related to others, leaving no more than 25% to cover personal aspects.

File Formatting Requirements for these Projects

HTML files are "flat ASCII" files, otherwise known as text files. They thus differ from many word processor files which may have "control" or other "unprintable" characters. The following are requirements and not guidelines—failure to follow them will severely impact your final grade assignment. Some may seem capricious and arbitrary, but are present to ensure long-term preservation and availability over a wide range of operating environments and presentation formats.
  1. Your file will be named either "bioxxxxx.htm", where xxxxx is up to a 5 letter abbreviation for the person's last name or the topic. Only lower case letters may appear in the file name. Do not change the name of the file if one is given you. The file name will thus not exceed the former DOS "8.3" file name format. If any additional files are used, they must adhere to this naming convention, except the last "x" in the file name above may be replaced with a digit.
  2. No JAVA, JAVAScript, TCL, CGI, or other similar HTML language extensions are allowed. No FRAMES are allowed. You should focus on the content, not endlessly on such distractions.
  3. Focus on content and structure, especially emphasizing facts to remember.
  4. Double-check your spelling and your facts---we intend to!
  5. Only GIF/JPG files for special characters already in may be used. Any other graphics files must be original work with all rights transferred, OR a link established to a reliable source. Reliable means likely to be there for the next 50 years as well as correct/accurate. An ALT="[graphic description]" entry must be included for each graphic.
  6. No background colors are allowed. Students tend to pick dark colors which do not show up well on the data video projector. Also, no specification for text/link color is allowed (no white text!).
  7. Several links to relevant web resources should be provided.
  8. "Records" should not exceed about 80 characters, thus ensuring editting to be a one dimensional process.
  9. HTML tags shall all be in upper case so they can be easily ignored while editting the text.
  10. File heading, footing, and table tags should be specified exactly as displayed below. The files should thus not take on a C program nature, where white space detracts from the content.
  11. Other specifications may be added as necessary.

File Preamble

<HTML><HEAD><TITLE>Biography of xxxxx</TITLE></HEAD><BODY>
<A HREF="biotoc.htm">Back to the Table of Contents</A>
<H1 ALIGN=CENTER>Biographies of Mathematicians - xxxxx</H1>

Tables for important facts

The most important facts to remember should be blue-boxed exactly as below.

The most important facts to remember should be blue-boxed exactly as below. </TD></TABLE><P>

File Postamble

The file should conclude with the following information. You may enclose project, yyyyy, and zzzzz with links to your version of the paper and your corresponding home pages. xxxxx is replaced by part of the mathematician's last name. This should appear below prior years' entries–do not replace. Use one line per year, with <BR> not <P>. If prior students no longer have an AU account, remove their link.

This project was prepared and presented by students yyyyy and zzzzz in 2000.

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Syllabus Assignments Numbers Stat. Intro. Geometry Biographies