Math 435: Projects in Applied Mathematics
Colorado State University, Spring 2017
Instructor: Henry Adams
Email: henry dot adams at colostate dot edu
Office: Weber 125
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:15-10:15 in Weber 205 or 125, or by appointment.
Class: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-9:15am in (typically) Weber 205.
Syllabus: Here is the course syllabus.
Here is a collection of some possible project ideas.
Project 3: Project 3 is due May 10 at 4:00pm. Here is the description of the report you will turn in, here is the corresponding LaTeX source code, and here is a fancier (but harder) version of the source code which produces its bibliography using BibTeX.
Here are guidelines for your brief class presentation after Projects 1 and 2.
|Jan 17||Introduction, course overview, and questionnaire||Meeting in Engineering E103|
|Jan 19||Rotate in groups to brainstorm projects||Meeting in Weber 205|
(Optional) Participate in the MCM/ICM Contest in Modeling, Jan 19-23
|Jan 24||Work on Project 1 (or brainstorm ideas)|
|Jan 26||Work on Project 1|
|Jan 31||Brief introduction to LaTeX|
|Feb 2||Introduction to ShareLaTeX and Overleaf|
|Feb 7||Work on Project 1|
|Feb 9||Work on Project 1|
|Feb 14||Work on Project 1||Meeting in Engineering E204|
|Feb 16||Introduction to Principal Component Analysis (PCA)|
|Feb 23||Presentations; work on Project 1||Project 1 due at 10:00pm|
|Feb 28||Presentations; work on Project 2|
|Mar 2||Presentations; work on Project 2|
|Mar 7||Presentations; work on Project 2|
|Mar 9||Presentations; work on Project 2|
Spring Recess, March 13-17
|Mar 21||Submission deadline for CURC; see below||Meeting in Engineering E204|
|Mar 23||Work on Project 2|
|Mar 28||Work on Project 2|
|Mar 29||Dinner at Henry's house!|
|Mar 30||Work on Project 2|
|Apr 4||Work on Project 2|
|Apr 6||Introduction to support vector machines (Notes)||Project 2 due at 10:00pm|
|Apr 11||Presentations; work on Project 3|
|Apr 13||Presentations; work on Project 3|
(Optional) Participate in CURC, Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity, Apr 17
|Apr 18||Presentations; work on Project 3||Meeting in Engineering E204|
|Apr 20||Presentations; work on Project 3|
|Apr 25||Presentations; work on Project 3|
|Apr 27||Presentations; work on Project 3|
|May 2||Presentations; work on Project 3||Class Picture|
|May 4||Class will be at the Math Department Poster Session|
Math Department Poster Session, May 4, 9:00am-noon
|Ballroom C, Lory Student Center|
Project 3 due, Wednesday May 10, at 4:00pm
Information on the Math Department Poster SessionThe poster session 9:00am-12:00 on the morning of May 4 in Ballroom C of the Lory Student Center. You do not need to be there for the entire time. We will not meet for class that day.
Your poster should fit in a 4 foot x 4 foot space. Push pins will be available. Put your names and course number(s) on your poster.
I will be grading your posters. Completely separate from my grading, there will be a few cash awards given out by the math department. For these awards, posters will be judged on mathematical content as well as professional or artistic presentation.
Students in the College of Natural Sciences can print posters without charge in the CNS computer lab, see
and scroll down to the "Poster Printing" section. There is a sign up sheet in the CNS computer lab. They prefer (require?) posters of size 4 feet x 3 feet (or 3 feet x 4 feet), and you should bring them a PDF file.
How do you create a poster? Here are several possible ways:
(1) Overleaf has poster templates: https://www.overleaf.com/gallery/tagged/poster#.WQIQcFLMzu4.
(2) ShareLaTeX has poster templates: https://www.sharelatex.com/templates/presentations.
(3) See the examples in the "Posters" folder in our G: "m435" folder.
(4) PowerPoint has poster templates. For example, see http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html.
Here are some guidelines for your poster.
The poster session will be followed by a "Calculating your Career" event.
Present your work at CURC
I highly encourage you to present your work at the CURC, Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity. You can choose from a research poster category (which is probably the most natural fit), a writing category, and an oral presentation category. The event is Monday, April 17 from 10:30-1:30 in the LSC Ballroom, and you do not need to be present for the whole time. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 21.