Quantitative writing and presentations

This list from the JMM 2013 Minicourse Teaching and Assessing Mathematical Communication characterizes effective writing and presentations that employ mathematical ideas but are not strictly about mathematics.

  • Logic of argument is correct and valid
  • Concrete examples are employed that clearly illustrate important points
  • Details are on-point and relevant to the topic
  • Creative blending of ideas and forms connects ideas across disciplines
  • Mathematical ideas employed are relevant to the argument
  • The argument is clearly and correctly outlined and expressed; the thesis is clear
  • The paper/presentation is structured in a sensible way, and all sections are on-point and clearly related to the argument
  • Technical vocabulary employed is correct and audience-appropriate
  • Grammar, spelling, etc., are correct and do not detract from argument
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