Lab 5: A second adventure

Once again, you will choose your own adventure for this lab. But this time your final product will be a group presentation instead of a formal article. The presentations will be graded in the same way as the articles, except that the “exposition” category will be replaced with a “presentation” category. Follow the jump for the fine print.

Due dates

Have a 5-minute presentation preview ready by December 9. This includes a draft outline and beamer file.

The final presentation will be given during the final period on Wednesday, December 18 at 2:30pm.

Details of requirements

  • You must turn in an outline of your presentation. This is similar to the articles you wrote for the first few labs, but including just the bullet points and not the details.
  • You must turn in the beamer slides for your presentation.
  • Prepare and deliver your presentation as a group. Divide up the preparation just like you did for the blog. Divide up the speaking fairly.
  • Do not spend more than eight minutes per group member. I will let you know when you are almost out of time.
  • We will allow a few minutes for questions afterwards.
  • Listen and give feedback to your peers (I’ll hand out a feedback form)

Tips on giving a good presentation

  • Include the same fundamental components as you have in the past: introduction, exposition of experiments and results, and a summary plus conjectures.
  • Eight minutes may sound like a long time, but it isn’t! Think about how long it takes to read a page of text slowly enough that the audience can follow along.
  • Carefully prepare which results to include and which to omit. Be sure you touch on the most important experiments and results, but do not feel obligated to rush through them all.
  • Carefully prepare which details to include and which to omit. You may need to give longer proofs in outline form to save time and hold attention.
  • Support each other, but do not interrupt or speak over your group-mates.
  • Write slides that complement and support what you say out loud; do not simply read from them. Do not feel the need to pack each slide full. Some people recommend one slide for each two minutes of speaking. Give each slide an appropriate title.
  • Use overlays when necessary to keep the audience focused on what you are saying and not reading ahead.
  • Practice at least once with your group or a friend. Try to get it so you don’t have to think much while you are speaking. This helps you devote your energy to connecting with the audience.
  • Relax! Math is cool and it’s fun to explain what you have learned to others.