Contributing to Math Images
- For talking about what you think the future of a page should be, or your suggestions on what should be done to improve a page, use the 'discussion' tab. [need an account?]
- To ask questions about the page for when you have trouble understanding some parts of it, try using the Community Portal:
Using the Community Portal
- The Community Portal on this site is a forum built into this wiki that users can use to communicate with each other.
- There are 5 main sections to the forum:
- Discuss the Images
- News and Events
- K-12 Students' Corner
- College and Graduate Students' Corner
- Teachers' Corner
Discuss the Images
This is where you can go to talk about image pages! There is a subsection for discussing specific images, but also the very important section concerning image pages which need more content. So come to this part of the community portal to talk about your favorite math images, ask questions about those you didn't get, or to collaborate on adding content to less well developed math image pages.
News and Events
The News and Events section is a good place to go to find out about recent changes to this wiki, although there is also a subcategory to talk about related events in the real world.
K-12 Students' Corner
Students through high school seniors can come here to discuss math images with each other or to just talk about math in general with each other.
College and Graduate Students' Corner
Undergraduate and graduate students should come here to discuss math with each other.
This is a place for teachers to talk about how to best use the Math Images Wiki to teach their students. There is a general section for discussion, but also a lesson plans section for a specific lesson plan based upon an image or group of images, teaching the math behind them.
Want to Contribute?
Creating an Account
Creating an account is as simple as can be. Click on the text Log in/Create an account on the top of the page, and then again on Create an account. Choose a unique user name and password. Once your account is created you can begin contributing immediately! Of course, you can create an account and not use it to contribute right away (but we encourage everyone to contribute when they feel ready). There are other benefits to having an account, such as being able to make comments and discuss math images with other users on the site without having to solve CAPTCHAs.
Creating an Image Page
Once you are logged in, and you have a math image you would like to contribute to our site, you can add it to our wiki! Click on Create an Image Page, under 'interaction' on the sidebar. Enter the name of the Math Image Page you would like to create (so, if I am making a page about an image called Clown.jpg, I might enter Clown as the page name). After clicking 'Add or edit page', a form will come up, which should be empty. If it is not empty, that means that there is already a Math Image page by that name. You should check to make sure that the image you uploaded is not the same as the one on the pre-existing page. If they are different, you should come up with a new page name. Once you have a blank form, fill it in with these guidelines:
- Image Title- this should be the title of the image (ex., Clown)
- File- here, click the 'Upload a Math Image' link. A pop up form will appear, prompting you to upload your math image to the site. Click on the Browse button and select the image you wish to upload. Now type in a relevant destination filename (for example, if my image is of a clown, and it is a .jpg file, I would set the destination filename to be Clown.jpg). Now write a quick summary of the image.
- Short Description- this should be a 1 or 2 sentence long basic description of the image
- Basic Explanation- this should be a description of the image that is put in terms that pre-college students and other people without a rigorous math background could get some basic understanding
- More Detailed Explanation- this should be a description of the image that is more in depth so that college students and others with a deeper math background can get gain a deep understanding for the math behind the image
- What subject(s) is(are) necessary to understand the above explanation (if applicable)- enter what math subjects would be useful for understanding the image (e.g., Linear Algebra or Real Analysis)
- Who (or What) Created this Image- the name of the creator of the image, whether person or program (if you do not know the author, simply put "Unknown")
- About the Author- a quick biography of the author or description of the program
- Image's Site of Origin (name)- the name of the site the image came from
- Image's Site of Origin (URL)- the URL of the main page of the site the image came from
- Image's Field of Mathematics- the fields of mathematics to which the uploaded image is a part of (the first one should be the primary one, i.e. the field under which the image will appear in the thumbnail gallery and slideshow)
- Why is this interesting? (mathematically or otherwise)- what inspired you to make this page
- How does your main image relate to the topics discussed?- this is more important for abstract images that are harder to link directly to the math discuessed
- Links to Other Sites about this field- other useful sites about the same field
- References- please list any references you used in creating the page
- Things This Page Needs in the Future- help determine the future direction the page could take
- Is This Page a Work in Progress- although we feel all pages are technically works in progress indefinitely, please check this box when the page still requires significant contributions