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Maximum Overhang - annotated
Topic Teaching Tip(s): Including writing in math classes | Examples of good math writing | Writing resources: handouts & links | General principles of mathematical communication | Guiding the audience through the content | Balancing conceptual with formal | Focusing and structuring longer communication | Wording and punctuation | Using visuals | Using sources
The article "Maximum Overhang" by Mike Paterson, Yuval Peres, Mikkel Thorup, Peter Winkler, and Uri Zwick won the 2011 David P. Robbins Prize, an MAA Writing Award. This pdf of the article is annotated to point out to students how to write a mathematics paper. The annotations address the structure and content of an introduction, how to integrate equations, text, and figures, how to guide the audience through the content, how to cite, etc. The article addresses the question of how far a stack of blocks can extend from the edge of a table. It was published in the American Mathematical Monthly 116, December 2009.
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This review was published on February 24, 2012