Art
127 / Math 155

**Due:**
Paper is due on Monday, June 4^{th} at the beginning of class.
Oral presentation due date is dependent upon individual who you are
researching.

**Objectives:
**

·
To
research, learn about, and inform the class about an important scientist,
mathematician, or philosopher from either the classical period or from the
Renaissance/Baroque period.

·
To
prepare an oral report about the person you researched.

·
To
research and write a paper about a scientist, mathematician, or philosopher who
made significant contributions during the Renaissance/Baroque period.

**Di****irections:
**

Choose
a scientist, mathematician, or philosopher from the list presented in class.
You are to research this person, then prepare an oral report, and write a
paper about this person. The paper and report should be written so that anyone
in this class can understand it. Some
of the mathematics and science you will encounter may be difficult.
Please see your instructor if you need help summarizing the mathematics
or other technical information.

Written
Report: 80% of the grade. Oral Presentation: 20% of the grade.

**Content
for Written Report:**

__Introduction
__

Introduce
the person you researched as well as any related mathematical or scientific
concepts.

__Body
__

You
need to include information about who this person was (when he lived, where he
lived, etc), introduce the mathematical or scientific achievements, and explain
how this individual contributed to the development of knowledge during the 15^{th}-17^{th}
centuries. You can organize the
body chronologically OR by subject matter depending upon your topic.
If possible, you may also address modern day implications related to this
individual. Pictures, graphs or
illustrations may be helpful to include in your report.

__Conclusion
__

Include
a summary, comments, conclusions, or any other implications relating to the
mathematician, scientist, or philosopher.

__References
__

You
must use at least four references; no more than two of these can be from the
Internet. Footnotes or endnotes
must be used as needed, or you can use in-text citation with a works cited page.
Consult the MLA handbook for the proper format.
If you are not familiar with MLA style, consult the library, any English
handbook, or the Internet.

**Content
for Oral Report:
**

Your
presentation should last for 5-10 minutes and then allow a few minutes for
questions.

__Introduction
__

Introduce
the person you will be talking about as well as any related mathematical or
scientific concepts.

__Body
__

Give
an overview of the historical period and pertinent historical information about
the individual whom you are discussing. Introduce
his mathematical or scientific achievements, and explain how he contributed to
the development of knowledge in the 15^{th} -17^{th} centuries.
Also, include modern day implications related to this person where
possible. Pictures, graphs or illustrations may be helpful to include depending
on your topic. We can provide you with overhead transparencies if you wish
to use illustrations or drawings. If
you want to use the computer for your presentation, you need to let us know at
least a day in advance.

__Conclusion
__

Summary,
comments, conclusions, or any other impressions you have of the mathematician,
scientist, or philosopher. Tell us
what you learned and what you thought was most interesting.

**Due
Dates:**

*The
paper is due for everyone on **Monday, June
4 ^{th}.** Late papers
will lose 25% for each day it is late.

*The
oral report is due on a rolling schedule. Those
who chose Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, or Ptolemy will give their
reports on **Wednesday, May 23 ^{rd}.**
The remainder of the students need to be ready to give their reports by

**Need
Help?
**

*See
http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/BiogIndex.html
(a comprehensive Web site).

*See
your instructor immediately if you need help locating references!

*Use
the Writing Center in the Learning Support Center (MDL 260) for help with your
writing and grammar.

**Don't wait until the last minute!!!!*

__Written
Explanation: 80% of the grade__.
Your written work will be assessed for the thoroughness of your research,
your thoughtfulness, and your logical organization and clarity. The correctness
of the mathematics and science in your paper will also be assessed. You will
also be graded on your writing, grammar, spelling, and clarity.

__Oral
Presentation: 25% of the grade.__
Your presentation should allow for 5-10 minutes of presentation and allow
for questions. We can provide you
with overhead transparencies if you wish to have pictures or drawings,
illustrations; and/or you may use the computer.

*attach the last page to the back of your project*.
You do not need to put your report in a folder or binder of any type.

**Project
#5 Grading Criteria
**

*(staple
this page to the end of your written project)
*

**Written
Report
**

**Content**
30 points
___________

Introduction to the person you researched, his

contributions during his own time and in subsequent time

periods. Include some
mathematical, scientific, or philosophical

applications or content. Explanation of the mathematical,

scientific, or philosophical content is clear and factual.

The paper is organized and is written at the appropriate

level and in the student's own words, demonstrating

independent thought.

**References**** **
5 points
___________

A sufficient number of references were used and

references are properly documented.

**Spelling/Grammar/Format/Neatness/Length**
5 points
___________

Sentences need to be grammatically correct and

utilize college-level English. The
paper is 3-6 pages,

typed or word-processed, double-spaced, with 1-inch

margins on top, bottom, left, right, pages numbered,

10-12 font, and neat

**
Oral
Presentation**

The presentation is organized, the content is factual, 10 points
___________

and the mathematical, scientific, or philosophical

contributions are explained in sufficient detail.

Presentation is 5-10 minutes in length.
Drawings

or diagrams are utilized where appropriate.

**TOTAL
50 points
__________
**

**grade __________**

List
of scientists, mathematicians, or philosophers:

Plato
(429-348 BC)

Aristotle
(384-322 BC)

Euclid
(circa 300 BC) (2)

Ptolemy,
Claudius (100-170 AD)

Kepler,
Johannes (1571-1630)

Descartes,
Rene (1596-1650)

Fermat,
Pierre de (1601-1665)

Pascal,
Blaise (1623-1662)

Newton,
Isaac (1642-1727)

Leibniz,
Gottfried (1646-1716)