Undergraduate Study

MATH2916 Working Seminar A (Special Studies Program)

General Information

This page contains information on the intermediate unit of study MATH2916Working Seminar A (Special Studies Program).

This unit is offered in Semester 1.

Lecturer(s): Robert Marangell

For further information on Intermediate Mathematics and Statistics, refer to the Intermediate Handbook. In particular, see the MATH2916 handbook entry for further information relating to MATH2916.

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  • Credit point value: 3CP.
  • Classes per week: One hour-length seminar.
  • Prerequisites: Entry into this unit of study is by invitation only, and is restricted to students with a High Distinction average over 12 cp of Advanced Junior Mathematics.

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The Course Info sheet contains basic information about the course. The list of talks with topic breakdowns is here.

Schedule of Talks

All talks are in Carslaw 275.

Week 4

22 March, 1-2pm - Robby Marangell - Classical Fractals

Mathematica Files:

Cobwebbing and Space Filling Curves

Week 9

3 May, 1-2pm - Xanda Kolesnikow - Why the Koch curve is like the square root of two


Mathematica file and Beamer Code

Week 10

10 May, 1-2pm - Dibyendu Roy - Fractal dimension

Mathematica Files:

boxkoch.nb         CantorFunction-sourcemod.nb

circlebox.nb         theskript.nb         whaterver.nb

and Keynote File

Week 11

17 May, 1-2pm - Ankith Anil Das - Is Pascal's triangle a fractal?

Mathematica Files: gasket.nb         carry.nb

Here is a link to Ankith's GitHub.

Here is a link to the program he used to generate the 2D cellular automata.

Week 12

24, May, 1-2pm - Elizabeth Rose - Deterministic Chaos and Kneading


cobwebbing.m         error.m         quad_iterator.m

sawtooth.m         tent.m        

Week 13

31 May, 1-2pm - Ivan Hu - Julia sets and the Cantor set


Here is the rubric for the peer review for the presentations. Rubric.

I will give you each one of these for each talk and you will assess each others talks and hand me the marks at the end of each day. As per the info sheet, peer review will make up 5% of your mark.


Here is a Template for a Tex File. (Copy and paste it into your favourite text editor and save it as a .tex file)

Here is a Template for a bibliography (Copy and paste it into your favourite text editor and save it as a .bib file)

You will also need this pdf and this one to compile the template correctly.

If you have gotten all the files, and compiled it correctly it should look like the following Compiled PDF

Here is the Beamer Presentation Template.

It needs the same pdf files, but once it has compiled, it should look like Presentation PDF output

Reference books on Writing and Presentation

Advice on writing and presenting mathematics can be found in:

  • Terry Tao, Advice on Writing Papers
  • Nicholas J. Higham, Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, SIAM, 1998. (Scitech 808.06651 4)
  • Norman E. Steenrod, Paul Halmos, et al., How to Write Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, 1973. (Scitech 808.066 17)
  • Steven G. Krantz, A Primer of Mathematical Writing, American Mathematical Society, 1997. (Scitech 808.0665 25)

The most convenient references for the use of LaTeX are:

See here for further LaTeX documentation.

There are a number of tutorials on Beamer available on the web such as this one or this one.



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