# How To Define The Most Suitable Math Paper Topic

When you write a paper about mathematics, there are a few requirements that need to be met. All math papers have a persuasive, analytical, or definitive function and many have both. Before you decide on the topic, you will need to know what the purpose of your paper will be.

### Keep the Topic Narrow Enough to Research Fully

Your math topic should be relating to the branch of math that you are studying, whether it be algebra, geometry, calculus, or another one. Your professor will give you the requirements for the actual research paper, but you will need to choose a topic that you can work with for the period of time it takes to write the paper. If you choose a topic that is too broad, you will have difficulty figuring out how to fit the entire topic into one research paper. If you choose a topic that is too narrow, you will have difficulty finding information to support your ideas.

### Find a New Topic that Has Room to Research

A suitable topic is one that has been researched by other mathematicians, but not overly researched so you have nothing left to discover. If you are looking at someone else’s research, you will need to be able to find not only the outcome of the research, but whether or not someone has already found fault with it. If you can discover something new from other people’s research, your paper will be quite successful.

### Visit the AMS For Ideas

There are several places to find suitable math topics. The AMS or American Mathematical Society is one good place to find appropriate topics for students at all levels. Members of the AMS organize topics and ensure that they are up to date and approrpiate for students of all age. Math journals are other good sources for appropriate topics. You should be able to find something that you can work with that will be a good fit.

### Talk to Your Professor if You Get Stuck

If you have difficulty finding a math topic that will work, you can always go to your professor or teacher for advice. Educators should always have a purpose for giving a specific assignment, so they should have a collection of possible topics in mind. If you have a topic in mind that is in another discipline, there is nothing wrong with asking permission to analyze the topic that you are interested in researching.