Your research may take the form of topics in the book that we did not cover, further examination of something we did, or something else related to linear algebra. I encourage you to be creative and find a topic that relates to linear algebra that you are interested in. I am happy to give you some suggestions of topics and/or references (see below for some sample ideas).
Your final project will be turned in as a Maple document, which will be put on the web, and a poster presentation. Your Maple document should follow the guidelines listed on http://www.cs.appstate.edu/~sjg/class/2240/finalprojectguide/finalproject.html You should create a poster that complements your Maple document.
We will divide up the class into two poster sessions. During your poster session, you must stand by your poster to answer questions (and your answers must demonstrate expertise of your topic). Your poster should summarize the important points of your Maple document. Some laptops will be available to showcase Maple files. You are encouraged to bring in your own laptop and have that set up next to your poster. The purpose of the poster is to allow people to easily read aspects of your project without having to go to a computer. The Maple files will remain up on the web page for people to look at later. During the other session, you should briefly look over everyone's project, and choose three or four people (who are standing by their poster) to evaluate using the peer review form that will be given to you. A portion of your final project grade will be determined by the depth, quality and clarity of your peer reviews, which will be read by Dr. Sarah, but not by the project presenter. Each peer review must demonstrate that you read the project carefully.
The project will be graded based on the depth of the mathematics, the clarity of the explanations and poster presentation, and your peer review.
Sample Project Ideas (come see me in office hours for topic approval, references, or additional suggestions)