In addition to your video submission, we ask that you include an extended abstract as a PDF, Word or RTF file. The purpose of this abstract is to expand upon the points made in your video and provide others with the opportunity to explore your topic further on their own. Please look at the following example abstracts:
Though your extended abstract need not follow the example exactly, here are some features of a good abstract:
- Begin with an introduction section. Introduce your topic, define your key terms and explain your approach before you start showing the reader examples.
- Feel encouraged to make liberal use of examples and illustrations in the body of your abstract, but remember to make sure that all of your examples are relevant to your central topic and help to advance your argument.
- Make sure all of your examples are labelled and introduced in words in the body of your text. Remember, your examples are supposed to guide the reader through your topic and make it easier to understand.
- At Math In Action, we take plagiarism seriously. Don’t do it! We adhere to the same standards of academic honesty as the University of Toronto. View U of T’s full academic behaviour guidelines here.
- Be sure to include a conclusion! Summarize what you’ve found and try to tell us what you think it means. You may suggest further reading (books, articles, etc.) and possible future areas of research based on your findings. If possible, try to think of practical, real world applications of your findings.
- Your entire abstract should be properly cited and referenced in APA style. Be sure to include a Works Cited page.
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