YOUR TITLE GOES HERE Date: Author: Advisor: Acknowledgements: Capstone Talk PHYS 4300
Outline • Motivation • Background • e.g. Maxwell’s Equations • e.g. Relativistic Corrections • Viewgraph Formatting • Power Point Tricks • Backgrounds, and Font, Size, Color, & Style • Bulleted/enumerated lists and hierarchy • Images, Graphs, Schematics, and Cartoons • The Perfect Viewgraph • Conclusions • Appendix: Prof. John Wilkin’s Rules for Physics Talks
Motivation Make it simple and interesting -lose them here and they are gone for good. • General Motivation • save the known world • Specific • Graphics are important here
Background Know your audience! - use this to get them up to speed. • Maxwell’s Equations • Use equation editor for simple equation or import as objects from pdf etc. or cut and paste using <Print Screen> • Relativistic Corrections
Viewgraph Formatting • Font: • Size - depends on room • Color - depends on background • Style - font, italics, bold, shadow,underlineetc. • Backgrounds – keep them simple • Bulleted/enumerated lists and hierarchy • Images, Graphs, Schematics, and Cartoons • The Perfect Viewgraph
Viewgraph Formatting: Font Size • Depends on room and on font Can you read me now? (36) Can you read me now? (32) Can you read me now? (28) Can you read me now? (24) Can you read me now? (20) Can you read me now? (18) Can you read me now? (16) Can you read me now? (14) Can you read me now? (12) Can you read me now? (10)
ON VIEWGRAPH FONTS[TNR 40] Tools for Clarity [TNR 28] • Hierarchy is crucial. [TNR 24] • Group ideas logically, but be consistent. [TNR 20] • This adds needed order to a viewgraph. [TNR 16] • But too much “hierarchy” is confusing. [TNR 14] • For example, can youread this? [TNR 14, 12, 10] • Colour too is useful. [TNR 24] • Be consistent within and between viewgraphs. [TNR 20] • But to not be frivolous. [TNR 16] • Over use of colour is distracting. [TNR 14] • And somecolours really do notwork well. [TNR 14] • Other tricks include distinctive fonts and highlighting. [TNR 24] • Italics,bold,underlined, shadow and combinations? Be consistent [TNR 20] • And do not over use. [TNR 16] For this can be very distracting [Arial16], To say the least [Alg..D 16] Too muchof thisis bad.
Demonstration PowerPoint • Use the predefined blank.pot • Bulleted items are formatted correctly • you must use the Title and Text layout to get this bullet layout • Addition bulleted text boxes should be a copy of this • Go no deeper than this (and this is too deep) • Keep text above 16 points (18 preferred) if you want the audience to be able to read the text • Group graphical objects together as it makes it easier to modify the layout • Use multiple groupings • text and arrow • text and scale bar • etc. • Then group the groups to have a composite drawing • Name your PowerPoint Well: DescriptiveTitle-YearMonthDate.ppt • i.e. DemonstrationPowerPoint-20050610.ppt
Power Point Tricks • Use Master Page – it does save time! • I like Font size to be defined by me, and the text box to fit around it. • <Right Click> <Format Place Holder..> <Text Box> <Resize Autoshape ..> • Tricks to minimize white space. • Use “<View> <Ruler>” to minimize bullet-text separation • Use “<Format> <Line Spacing> - minimum settings of 0.85 line and 0.15 before/after works. • Maximize figure size. <Copy> <Paste Special, as Picture png> Very useful. • If bulleted item is > 2 lines you are probably being too verbose. • For graphs, when you create the plots using whatever software package, use sensible colors (e.g. Bl R G B, and stay consistent!), thick enough lines, and large enough fonts. • Fonts: be sensible Arial is clean and Times New Roman dense. • Graphics need a title and caption! • Stealing graphics on the web: <Print Screen>, <Paste> and crop! But you must cite – best cite below the figure.
Carbon Nanotubes on Glass 500 nm Single-Wall Nanotube Thin Films • Combine electrical and optical properties • Potential Applications • Transparent Electrodes • LCDs and Touch Screens Transmission vs. l for SWNTs Deposited from Various Solutions Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of SWNTs deposited on to glass
Conclusions • Often a summary and conclusions Future • What will be done on the project after you leave/graduate
Prof. John Wilkin’s Rules for Physics Talks • Rules for preparing talk/viewgraphs • Decide on take-home message.What do you want listeners to carry away? Design talk to that aim. • Pick figures and illustrations that deliver take-home message. • On each viewgraph, put • Title that summarize subject of viewgraph. • Carefully formulated argument. • Conclusion of argument at bottom of viewgraph. • Practice for: • Length. Shorter is better. • Connectivity. Cleanly segue from one viewgraph to the next. • Clarity . Formulate your ideas accurately and concisely. Segue • To move smoothly and unhesitatingly from one state, condition, situation, or element to another. "Daylight segued into dusk" - Susan Dworski. How do the world's most celebrated adolescents [sc. the Rolling Stones] segue into middle age? http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~wilkins/writing/