The research I have conducted into the topic of my extended essay (EE) has been successful. I have managed to cover core mathematical concepts and theorems that directly contribute to RSA’s functionality. Conducting research in mathematics has been a stark contrast to the mathematics I am accustomed to. Research requires the ability to piece bits of information together and be critical about gaps in knowledge, as it is necessary to have a working understanding of the concept to describe it to someone else. Resourcefulness and organization have also been critical in the process of writing the EE. One goal of my EE is the ability for a layman to understand the paper and this, in particular, requires me to deeply understand the topics involved, so that I am able to convey topics clearly. My supervisor and I conversed about this in our reflective conversation, citing sections that could use better explanations. This will be a focus within the editing process.