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Morley’s theorem

03 Oct

Topic is: Morley’s theorem

In a historical paper I expect to see at least one reference to a source document that is longer than the paper itself (i.e., not just things like encyclopedia articles). Whether the referenced documents were print or on-line is less important; but remember that Web items usually have authors and titles, not just URLs, and need to be cited accordingly. (Giving the date of access is also considered desirable, since the Web changes constantly.) A “mathematical” paper may not need any references, if it is self-contained.
References should be formatted as prescribed in the MAA Reference Guide. This format is the standard one for most mathematical journals. Pay particular attention to the instructions for Web pages and other on-line items. Note that in this style, bibliography items are numbered and therefore should be cited in the text by numbers in brackets (such as “[3]”), not by, for example, author and year.
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Henceforth I shall regard project 5 in Ch. 1 (Morley’s theorem) to be historical. (The solution is hard to work out but easy to find on the web.) So, put some history into it. (One paper found and compared two proofs.)
Each paper submitted will be classed as “mathematical” or “historical”.
At least one of your two papers must be mathematical (i.e., demonstrate independent thought, not just reporting facts from sources). A mathematical paper should be (just) as long as it needs to be to solve the problem.
(For W students:) At least one of your papers should exceed 1000 words (about 5 pages). A decent historical paper should be of that magnitude anyway.
Historical and mathematical papers will be graded by different rubrics:

 
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