Sign up for a due date on February 8th, regardless of which type you're doing.
Those who do their commercials, or hand in their papers, by March 8th will be graded out of 105 points rather than 100.
Reasons to give a commercial instead of turning in a paper:
Shyness is not really a reason to do a paper instead of a talk: we can come up with ways to lessen the pain of a talk.
Once you decide which you want to do, sign up right away! Don't wait until you know what you want to talk about!
Come talk to me about your topic (or lack there of). First of all, I have plenty of ideas. Second of all, I'd like to keep track of the topics peole are doing to avoid too much overlap.
Try not to pick a topic that's too obviously connected to math.
Present it at the level of your colleagues. Anything that they might not know about, start from scratch explaining.
This is your chance to have fun, be creative,
bring something of yourself into a math class.
I'm including a list of a few possible activities below, but feel free to bring other ideas to me.
These activities are worth 5% of your grade. To get the full 5%, you need to receive 100 points. You can get those 100 points any number of ways: you could do several small activities which add up, or you can do one large one.
Moreover, you can do however many you want to. If you get more than the 100 points possible, your extra points will count as extra credit. While they are not weighted as heavily as the first 100 points, they can mean the difference between an A- and an A! (Just don't do these to the exclusion of your other responsibilities, like homework!)
If you choose not to do any of these activities, it will be impossible to get an A, and very difficult to get an A-.
Please do these throughout the semester, rather than saving them for the end of the term! (You don't want to be doing them when the weather gets nice, after all!)
Below is a brief list of some possible activities. I will be handing out a more detailed list, with point ranges, in class.