Ma 10:  Oral Presentation (Fall 2016-17)


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The giving of presentations is one of the most important non-mathematical skills a mathematician can have, and like many such skills, is best learned in the doing.  Students in Ma 10 will be required to do two things:  (1) Give two 20 minute talks to their fellow students; and (2) form the audience for their fellow students' talks (and learn from their mistakes).

Each talk should be at the level of Caltech math majors (i.e., anyone who's taken the single-digit required courses should be able to follow the talk, and ideally learn something new), and on a mathematical subject (applications and history are acceptable).

Talks may use the blackboard or slides.  Students are asked to give one talk of each kind.  It is important that talks are designed with flexibility in mind, to avoid ending too early, or going over time.

Prior to their talks students should submit titles and abstracts for distribution.

The audience should try to follow the talk, naturally, but also make note of anything the speaker does that works particularly well or badly; students are then asked to give speakers feedback afterwards, by completing an anonymous form.  They are also expected to actively participate in class by asking questions, and in turns acting as chair.

Depending on enrollment, each weekly meeting will consist of few student presentations, followed by discussion.


None. Class is usually taken during Junior or Senior year.


Tuesdays, 14:00 - 15:55, 257 Sloan.


Nets Katz
164 Sloan


Tuesday 1-2pm


Grading scheme

This is a Pass/Fail class. Grade is based on attendance and participation.


Date Description
09/27 Evaluation form
09/27 Tips and Rules


09/27  ----  Organizational meeting   --
10/04 2:30 Jalex Stark A fun fact about Graph homomorphisms
10/04 3:00 Bella Guo Godel's Incompleteness theorem
10/04 3:30 Yujie Xu covering spaces and Galois correspondence
10/11 2:30 Henry Swanson Wedderbrun's Little Theorem
10/11 3:00 Matthew Weidner p-adic numbers and Hensel's Lemma
10/11 3:30 Milica Kolundzija Introduction to Adjacency matrices
10/18 2:00 Suna Kim TBA
10/18 2:30 Henry Elbrum TBA
10/18 3:00 Chenchao You TBA
10/18 3:30 Pallavi Aggarwal TBA
10/25 2:00 Shival Dasu The fundamental problem of invariant theory for finite groups
10/25 2:30 Patricia Beekman Min cut, max flow theorem
10/25 3:00 Chinmay Nirkhe Ito's integral and Ito's lemma
10/25 3:30 Jeffery Gu Characteristic functions of random variables



Please consider attending few talks.  Check online videos, e.g.  available from IAS (Princeton) and MSRI (Berkeley).

Attend talks in  MA 20 (Tuesday at 12pm in Sloan 151), Math Colloquia (Tuesday at 4pm in Sloan 151), or other weekly Math Seminars.