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Welcome to the Masterman Math Images page! Masterman students and the teachers, professors, and college students working with them can use this space to keep each other up-to-date on projects and feedback.

How Does this Page Work?

This is a place for the Masterman Math Images students to say what they're working on and thinking about. Students can post what they're proud of, questions they have, areas of confusion, or material on which they want feedback. Mr. Taranta and others from both Swarthmore College and the Math Forum will respond to them as quickly as possible. There shouldn't be any long conversations posted on this page; simple explanations or requests and brief responses or statements like, "I posted on your comments page," are all we need here.

Students, this page has a section for each person or group working on a project this semester. Edit the space under your heading with brief descriptions of your project's current status, your plan going forward, and what kind of support you would like from the people giving feedback. Questions, "please read this over," "will this work," and other thoughts are all important to share. Please keep your section of this page neat and up to date. If no one can tell what you're working on, no one will know to send any feedback or tips your way.

Rubric for Math Images Project

Final Project Due Date: Friday, April 20 Presentations: Monday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 25

Your project will be evaluated using the points system listed below.

  • A. User Page: 10 points
    • Clarity of writing about the project
    • Seeking help and using feedback
  • B. Math Images Page: 75 points. Evaluation of these four sections will done using the main points in the article entitled “What Makes A Good Math Images Page?” found at The page is divided into four sections:
    • Basic Description: 15 points.
      • This should pique the reader’s interest.
      • It should be clear and accessible to readers at your level or younger.
    • Images and Mathematical Explanation : 40 points
      • The work done to create the image should be explained, particularly since many of you spent a long time on this.
      • Demonstrate that you understand the underlying math clearly and thoroughly articulate the steps in mathematical reasoning that you made in order to understand and discuss your topic
      • show explicitly how and why the numerical mathematics you lay out here lead to the visual mathematics of your images
    • Connections to other topics and/or real-world applications: 10 points
    • References: 5 points
  • C. Presentation: 15 points
    • How well do you engage your audience and get them excited about your project?
    • How do you explain your topic and use visuals to help the audience understand it?
    • Is there an activity that the students can do related to your page?

Helpful Links for Students

You'll find these helpful to keep on hand, maybe even open in another tab, while working on your projects. Note that you can get to all these and more through Page Building Help.

Read these Before you Write Anything!

  • What Makes a Good Math Images Page? - The grand overview. This is what really tells you both the why and the how of what you do when you sit down to edit a page or write a new one.
  • Writing Guide Hit List - Short and sweet. This lays out some basics to bear in mind about writing for an audience.

Answers to Questions and Self-Editing Tips

All the Technical Stuff

  • Top 5 things you need to know how to do on the wiki - Straight to the point. This covers coding for images, "balloons," hide/show, citations, and our feedback system.
  • Wiki Tricks - Goes into more detail. This is a compilation specific to the Math Images wiki, so it covers everything you're most likely to want to do in code, including things for which we've developed our own templates.
  • Editing Help Page - The outside source. This is a guide to codes and templates that apply to all wiki sites. Go here when the first two pages don't give you the information you need.

Geometry 2 Students

Victor Chek

Victor Chek

Apollonian Snowflake

We posted a comment in the discussion section of your image page. -Leah & Diana (4/1/12 17:44)

I have a question on my discussion page of my Math images page. Please help -Victorc 20:20, 15 April 2012 (EDT)

I posted another technical error that needs fixing. Thanks. Victorc 12:19, 17 April 2012 (EDT)

Left some solutions to this on your discussion page. -Diana (18:54, 4/17/12)

Emma Flickinger

Emma Flickinger

My page:

Apothems and Area

I put some thoughts up on your user page. -Diana (20:59, 3/4/12)

I'm entirely finished my page except that I'm having some problems getting my first balloon to work. When you mouse over it it says it can't locate the image I tried to put in it. (If that makes sense.) Please help! Emma F. 13:31, 17 April 2012 (EDT)

I left a solution to your problem on the discussion section to your page. I also put up some final edits you can make to polish your page. It looks like a really long list, I know, but I promise it's really not; I'm just long-winded. -Diana (12:55, 4/18/12)

Alex Kwok and Gabrielle Suissa

Alex Kwok and Gabrielle Suissa

Pop-Up Fractals

Put some comments up on the discussion section for your image page -Leah & Diana (4/1/12 18:53)

Hey guys! Thanks for your comments! We were wondering how we can change the image of our page. We want a different picture of the big fractal with the view that we were using when we did our math. But the page won't let us.

Sorry I didn't get to this earlier. To clarify, you currently have Image:Mathimages.PNG as your main image, but you want Image:IMG 0368.JPG instead? -Diana (19:37 4/18/12)

It's okay, we figured it out. The current one is the one we are using. :D

I've put up comments on the discussion section of your image page. Mr. Taranta (4/19/12)

Vicky Shi

Vicky Shi

Try to get some of your work up on an image page soon. Also, as you're experimenting with the next set of spheres, it will probably be helpful to record your observations of what does/doesn't work. This will give you an idea of constraints (i.e. the radius can't be more than x, or the midpoint needs to be in this range), and it will help you discuss the mathematics and any accidental discoveries you may make.

-Leah and Diana (4/1/12 18:16)

Help! It won't let me make an image page! D'=

I'm emailing around to try to get this fixed. In the meantime, try to get as much as you can written up so you can paste it in to your new page when you're able to make one. Also, please let me know if the problem resolves. -Diana (4/17/12 13:43)

Geometry 4 Students

Erin Denenberg, Anea Moore, And Melina Nolas

Erin Denenberg, Anea Moore, and Melina Nolas

Pentagonal Fractal

I finally left some comments on the discussion page for the ratios section. These are final editing comments, so don't be daunted by the long list -- most of them are quick changes. -Diana (23:28, 4/18/12)

Left some comments. -Leah

Sean Meyers

Sean Meyers

Four Color Theorem Applied to 3D Objects

Looking really good. If you want to do some last-minute tweaks to really make it look polished, I left some suggestions on your discussion page. -Diana(21:03 4/20/12)

Wyatt Saint-Clair

Wyatt Saint-Clair

I posted a comment on your user page. -Diana (18:33, 3/4/12)