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General Information

Expectations for student workers, work guidelines, and the summer schedule can be found here.

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.

For public-type help questions, see Help. For Swat-specific ones, see Swarthmore summer research orientation. Other good places to consult are S11, Existing Pages Needing Work, and PartnerHome.

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.
  • Site programming questions - suppose you've checked the technical sources just mentioned and it still does not tell you how to do something, or it tells you and it doesn't work. It may be we need help from programmers. Explain your question and your request on this page.
  • 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.
  • LaTeX Math Symbols - A good guide to all the math symbols you're likely to need. You can also see some applications of this syntax on my page.

Staff and Their Availability

Steve Maurer (Smaurer1)

I leave town on June 21 for MathPath and don't get back until a few days after the summer project ends, so you need to make use of me in the first 5 weeks. Also, I don't have my office back until August, as I have been on leave, but I have discovered that the Resource Room is not being used this summer by other student reseachers. So I am mostly working at home, but when I come in I am in the Resource Room, where you can have conferences with me. I am always accessible by email at smaurer1@swarthmore.edu through which you can schedule for me to come talk to you. In the first week all of you needed to see me to discuss the feasibility of your initial ideas for projects.

Gene (Eklotz1) (Here's a genuine antique web page) This week I'll likely be by a bit each afternoon, except Thursday. Let me know if you want to set up a time. I'm available by email most times.

Ann Renninger (Krennin1)

I'm mostly around campus (Pearson 222 or 201), and on email when I'm away at meetings-- I should be able to respond but knowing that there is a time difference may be helpful. I'm in:

  • Toronto, May 31-June 2
  • Menlo Park June 6-7
  • Seattle June 8-9
  • Irvine June 9-12
  • Sydney, June 29-July 6.


I'll be in periodically this week as well as the weeks of July 9th and July 16th. I'm generally available by e-mail.

Friday (and other) Demonstrations

Tuesday, May 29, 11:00am, Becky Painter, Brief Photoshop Tutorial

Friday, June 1, 12:30, Annie Fetter, Sketchpad

Friday June 8, 12:30, MATLAB with Xingda handout --> File:Handout.pdf

Friday June 15, 12:30, More Photoshop with Diana

Friday, June 22, 1:00pm, Sweet Briar/Swarthmore small group meetings.

Hi Swarthmore! We will be splitting into groups on Friday to do some peer reviewing, right? -Sweet Briar

:Hey Sweet Briar, 
:Yes! Sorry for the delay on further info there. I'm planning to put together the groups for that tomorrow, and I was thinking the groups could meet at our regular time -- around 1.
:Also, if any of you are currently working on multiple pages, please let me know which one you'd like to focus on.
::-Diana 14:02, 19 June 2012 (EDT)

Alright folks, here are the small groups I put together for Friday afternoon. They're based on how I think everyone can be most helpful to each other given the types of pages you're writing and the math you're working with:

Let's plan to hold these meetings at 1:00 on Friday. Everyone please read the pages of the other folks in your group before then. These pages are at many different stages of development, so some discussions may focus on feedback about existing parts of the page, while others may focus on ideas and suggestions for how to develop the page going forward. It would be good to have some questions and suggestions in mind -- both for your own page and for others' pages -- going into the meeting.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you'd like to change any part of this plan.


-Diana 11:07, 20 June 2012 (EDT)

Friday, June 29, 1:00pm, All-school meeting.

The four schools involved in the project this summer (RPI, Drexel, Sweet Briar, and Swarthmore) met together via Skype. We introduced ourselves and shared ideas, requests, and questions about our pages and the site, focusing primarily on topics surrounding computer and web programming.

Friday, July 6, ?:??, Meetings of Swarthmore feedback groups

Swarthmore students, please select at least one of your pages and schedule a feedback meeting for Friday. Not every slot needs to be filled, but everyone needs to have at least one meeting:
Time Page Name Group Members
10:30-11:00 Russell's Antinomy Peter Gene, Diana, Jorin, Peng
11:00-11:30 Exponential Growth Chengying Gene Jorin Diana Bill
11:30-12:00 (No Gene) Pascal's triangle Chengying Alexis Peter (Steve and XD are not here)
1:00-1:30 Golden Ratio Alexis Gene, Chengying, Peter, Diana
1:30-2:00 Lissajous Curve Peng Zhao Chengying, Peter, Diana, Gene
2:00-2:30 The Party Problem (Ramsey's Theorem) Awjin Alexis, Jorin, Diana (Steve not here)
2:30-3:00 Tesseract Peter Diana, Alexis, Chengying (Steve not here)
3:00-3:30 Induction Jorin Chengying Peter Diana Gene
3:30-4:00 Envelope Peng Bill, Jorin, Diana,Steve(Absent)
4:00-4:30 Properties of the Inscribed Angle Bill Jorin Peng Diana Steve(Absent)
4:30-5:00 Euler's Formula Bill Jorin Peng Diana Gene

Other demonstrations TBD

Requests for Friday Demonstrations

We will use Friday afternoons, after our pizza lunch, to get demos of useful software. We already had demos of Cornell Library, Geometer's Sketchpad, Photoshop and TeX/LaTeX. Below we only show interest in the remaining ones.

Mathematica (especially how to put it into wiki pages so people without Mathematica can use it)

Like: Awjin, Alexis, Jorin, Bill, Chengying, Peng, Peter

Flash, or some other animation language?

It's not an animation "language" per se, but I was planning to show you guys how to do some basic animation in Photoshop. -Diana (9:53, 5/18/12)

Comments and suggestions here, please

Current Individual Projects

Jorin's Pages

  • Would like to work on a page for the basic of group theory and maybe an additional page on symmetry groups
  • Would also like to make a page for the general principles of Graph Theory to back up other more specific pages about graph theory
    • Basically finished on Hamiltonian Path
      • This page is looking really good. I left some comments on the discussion page with a few more things that could use work. Diana 16:07, 13 June 2012 (EDT)
      • Left another round of comments. It probably looks like a long list, but they're really minor things. The page looks about done other than that! -Diana 10:32, 11 July 2012 (EDT)
  • Made an Equivalence Relation helper page.
    • Put some questions up on the Discussion page
  • For the high school material page, I'm thinking about either a page on proving trig identities, or on Induction
  • If one is a better idea, let me know!

Bill's Pages

Team: Steve, Chris, Diana, Peng, Jorin
Chris 12:22, 25 June 2012 (EDT) I left feedback and suggestions on the discussion page.
Swu2 23:30, 20 July 2012 (EDT)Finished editing, waiting approval.
Team: Gene, Chris, Diana, Peng, Jorin
Swu2 23:30, 20 July 2012 (EDT)Finished editing, waiting approval.
Swu2 23:31, 20 July 2012 (EDT)Finished writing, waiting comments/edits.
  • I also got connected in Masterman. Helped edit Erin/Anea/Melina's page on Pentagonal Fractal

Peng's Pages

  • Current:
Team: Steve, Diana, Jorin, Bill
Left a solution to your large gif issue on the discussion page. -Diana (10:19, 6/4/12)
Left several remakrs on the discussion page. Smaurer1 14:21, 10 June 2012 (EDT))
I have finished the first round of revision. Pleas e check it out~Thanks. (3:17, 6/8/12)
Left a few more suggestions to polish up the page. -Diana 15:21, 18 June 2012 (EDT)
Team: Gene, Diana, Chengying, Peter
We will have the first meeting on Friday afternoon after the demonstration~
Team: Gene, Diana, Bill, Awjin
We will have the first meeting on Tuesday, 2 p.m.

Chengying's Pages

Team: Diana,Jorin, Gene, Bill
Chris 10:32, 27 June 2012 (EDT) I left feedback and suggestions on the discussion page.
Team: Alexis, Peter, Steve, XD
Note: lower-case "t" for "triangle"! The one with capital "T" is the original page. I will redirect it after I make sure there's nothing I need from it anymore.
  • Involute (I don't think high school math has this, though it is relatively easy to understand)
Team: Gene, Diana, Peng, Awjin
Please read over the page again. Thanks!

Alexis's Pages

Chris 07:49, 3 July 2012 (EDT) I left comments and suggestions for this page yesterday.
  • New Idea: Page on Latin Squares?

Peter's Pages

  • Team Tesseract: Steve, Diana, Alexis, and Chengying
Read over the Tesseract page again, and it looks great. I have no major comments or suggestions, but I did make a few minor edits; see the history to see what I changed. They were all just changes for precision or arithmetic errors. -Diana 11:31, 19 June 2012 (EDT)
– Adding to the Completing the Square helper page
– Self-organized Criticality or perhaps a specific mathematical model?
– the Traveling Salesman Problem?
→ Graph theory party with Awjin and Jorin!

Awjin's Pages

The Dream Team: Steve, Diana, Jorin, Alexis
– Pending approval for final review
– Pending approval for final review

Pages Needing Support from the Drexel / RPI folks

Chengying Exponential Growth: See the "Things I Might Want in the Future" at the very bottom of the page.

Connection with Masterman

Students at Masterman HS in Philly have created their own Math Images pages under the direction of Chris Taranta. We are linking up with them to comment on their pages. Each of us indicate below which Masterman page they are commenting on.