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Title: Workshop on Writing a Project Report


1
Workshop on Writing a Project Report
  • Yimao Chen
  • CUNY Writing Fellow 2010-2011
  • Oct. 19, 2010
  • N723 1130AM-1245PM

2
Insert equations
  • Click Insert, then click Object.
  • Example
  • Exercises
  • 1.
  • 2.

3
Adjust the display of the formulae
  • You can enlarge them.
  • You can adjust them very easily.

4
Insert graphs and pictures
Picture
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Steps of adding pictures
  • Click Insert.
  • Click Picture.
  • Locate the picture you want to insert.
  • Choose the desired picture.
  • Adjust the picture if you want.

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Save the PowerPoint File
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  • Locate a place where you want to save your file.
  • Choose a name that you can easily recognize for
    you document.

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The General Guidelines for Writing a Project
Report I
  • Analysis of the Statement of the Problem.
  • Focused writing, Rephrasing, Scaffolding,
    informal and low stakes writing.
  • Audience. Every writer should have a very clear
    concept of the intended audience for a piece of
    writing.
  • Grammar. It should go without saying that good
    grammar will be important in your writing. Be
    sure that your statements follow generally
    accepted standards for English Usage. Writing in
    Mathematics presents some unique grammatical
    issues, among them, the usage of mathematical
    symbols within the text of a sentence. It takes
    some skill and practice to integrate mathematical
    symbols into sentences in English and have them
    conform to the rules of grammar.

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The General Guidelines for Writing a Project
Report II
  • Neatness.
  • Written work should be prepared by hand
    first. You should work out your report on scratch
    paper. Only when you know where you are headed
    should you begin to write up the copy which you
    plan to submit.
  • The Use of Diagrams and Graphs.
  • You have heard that it was said to be the man
    of old One picture is worth a thousand words.
    This is nowhere so sure as in mathematical
    exposition. You should be able to communicate
    your ideas effectively using diagrams and graphs.

9
The Procedure for Writing a Project Report
  • Report choice of topic with a brief outline of
    goals, justification of the need for work on this
    problem.
  • Plan of analysis, anticipated results, schedule,
    resources, allocation of labor and time.
  • Initial data and preliminary results.
  • Rough discussion of preliminary results,
    interpretation, justification, and analysis.
  • First Draft
  • Second Draft
  • Wrap-up of research and preliminary outline.
  • Final Report.
  • Presentation to the instructor and your fellow
    classmates.

10
Use Maple to Write a Project Report
  • At first, everybody of you should get the Maple
    software. You can download it from the CUNY Mall
    for free.
  • If you have the software, open it. You will see
    there is a button on top of the window Text.
    Which is the environment under which you can
    write your formal report. We can take a look at
    some simple examples from which you can see how
    convenient it is to use Maple to come up with
    some very nice pdf file.
  • Save your report as a pdf file.

11
Additional Information
  • As Professor Kostadinov said, you are elected to
    use MatLab of Maple to write your report, if you
    choose to use MatLab you should contact Professor
    Kostadinov if you have any questions.
  • If you have any questions, just feel free to
    speak out. I will be very happy to answer your
    questions.
  • If you do have question, but you would like to
    talk to me personally, feel free to e-mail me
    first and we can set up some appointment.
  • My email address is ymchen_at_CityTech.cuny.edu.
  • Thanks a lot!

12
References
  • Using Writing to Teach Mathematics, The
    Mathematical Association of American, Edited by
    Andrew Sterrett, MAA Notes Number 16.
  • Writing Projects for Mathematics Courses, The
    Mathematical Association of American (2004)
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