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For public-type help questions, see Help. For Swat-specific ones, see Swarthmore summer research orientation.

Remember to keep your projects sections short and up to date; only the last week of status changes should be mentioned. Smaurer1

Group Discussion Questions


  • Things that are listed as Helper Pages but use the Image Page template
We need to decide whether these pages should be on the Helper Page template, the Image Page template, or both:
(List complied by Kate, June 16)

Older questions:

  • Harrison's question about text being cut off on Cross-cap:
  • Htasoff 14:16, 8 June 2011 (UTC)
    • The text in MME on the Cross-cap page is getting truncated when viewed through edit with form, but still appears on the page.
Kate 00:49, 14 June 2011 (UTC): When I've encountered this problem previously, it's been because a set of double curly brackets wasn't closed.
  • Harrison's question about creating a list of not-yet-existent Helper Pages:

Harrison, 5/26/11:

  • We need a list of empty pages: Penrose Tiles is only linked to one, now two, pages. Empty pages like this could well fade into obscurity.
Kate 17:09, 7 June 2011 (UTC): Such a list has been created. See here.
  • Spam conversation:

Let's talk about what to do this afternoon. Gene 15:19, 27 May 2011 (UTC)
This problem has continued over the weekend. Someone spammed the talk page for Fun Topology with comments about buying Cialis and stuff. They also posted a lot more movie download pages under the Cadedesi username. I'm going to go through and delete again.
The spam comments on Fun Topology were coming from this computer's IP address.
Kate 14:34, 6 June 2011 (UTC): Haven't seen any more spam activity for a few days. I assume some computer people have handled the issue? I'm going to hide this conversation so that it's not taking up space on S11.
  • Citations/footnotes conversation:
I spent a really long time wandering around MediaWiki and Wikipedia this morning trying to figure out how to do footnotes/citations the way I wanted to - now that I know how, should I add instructions to one of the many help mages on Math Images? If so, which page? (Kate, 5/17)
Answer: put it here at Wiki Tricks (XD, 5/17)
Smaurer1 19:43, 17 May 2011 (UTC) Well, it's not clear that webarticles should have footnotes, although Wikipedia does. In text references may be better. This is surely something we should discuss as a group, and find out what last year's group decided, if they did. If there are footnotes, there has got to be a way to get back seamlessly to where you were before you jumped to the footnote.
Also, as for citations, we should be uniform in their format.
Finally, you can use 4 tildes to put your username and time stamp on your comments, and 3 tildes for just your username.
Well, I wasn't doing comment-y type footnotes, I just wanted specific sentences to link to items in my References section. I think that format is better than full intext-citations, because it brings you to the source if that's what you're interested in, but it takes up less space if you're not. The references template we have comes equipped with little links to jump you back up, too- if you look at the Quipu page, you can see that it lists each of the sections that reference is linked from, and those links bring you to the reference in that section. All in all, I think it's a clear and intuitive way to do references for both the writer and the reader (although, like most things, it doesn't play well with our hidden sections), and I'm going to go ahead and put the instructions up in WikiTricks. -Kate

  • Invisible Comments conversation:

One of you asked "How do you put invisible comments in the source code?"

Answer: Same way you do in html, like this :<!-- hidden stuff --> :
However, if you want to make comments about an article for its author, the comments are more likely to be seen if you either
  • put it in the discussion page, or
  • if it is important to put it right by the material commented on, put it in the article in color with your username and time stamp included.
Hidden comments in the source code are likely to be overlooked, except perhaps if they are written by the author him/herself, as a note for further development.

Current Individual Projects

Steve M (aka Prof Maurer)'s Role

My role is 2-fold:

  1. Come see me to sound me out (if you wish) on the mathematical appropriateness of an idea for a page, or for possible references.
  2. Once you have a reasonable amount written, and want feedback on the quality and correctness of the mathematical exposition, ask me to look it over and then we will have a conference. (Abram and the oldies are as good as I am at discussion general organization and clarity issues.)
We have agreed to put a record on this S11 page of what we are doing and what help we want from others, but in addition tell me in person or by email if you want to conference with me.

Harrison's Projects

Harrison's detritus

  • Htasoff 23:44, 13 July 2011 (UTC) Pages will be submitted for final review in 1 - 3 days. A few, final comments are welcome. Real Projective Plane is still in the works, though.

Kate 18:19, 14 July 2011 (UTC): Hey Harrison, do you know if that one picture in inverse trig that you got from somewhere on the internet is a picture we can use? Can you check please?

Richard's Projects

This weekend, I'll be reading pages to give feedback: Steiner's Chain Snell's Law Pigeonhole Principle and an RPI page

  • Put up for final review, but still working on lesson plan!Richard 7/18

Alimurreza 02:53, 6 July 2011 (UTC)I am working on your applet. Check this out here @(Reza's work).

APPLET UPDATE:Alimurreza 02:41, 15 July 2011 (UTC)I am done with Ambiguous Case applet. Please, check the applet. Feel free to send me any feedback or change-request.

What i want mine to look like, but http://www.mccsc.edu/~aterwill/ambiguouscaseapplet/Ambiguous_Case_applet.html doesn't show the completed triangles.

I like how this one shows the completed triangles


Completed Pages

Other ideas:
  • inscribed angles?
  • Normal Distribution?
  • Birthday Paradox?

Dayo's Projects

Current projects

Rebecca 01:07, 9 July 2011 (UTC) I left comments on the discussion page.
Kate 15:23, 18 July 2011 (UTC): I left you some comments!

Future Projects:

  • Cross sections: calculus application page, including examples of Tokyo international Forum, Suransuns Bridge, and other structures which could be thought of and put together easily in terms of their cross sections
  • Torus edits, additions concerning the Torus in construction and architecture
  • Domes:conic sections, arches, parabolas
  • The Henderson Waves Bridge: sinusoids in architecture, parametric design
  • Catenary: More real world examples: namely bridges
  • Bridge of Peace: The equation(s) used to generate the surface, possibly words from the architect, very new, may be hard to get concrete technical information
  • Kurilpa Bridge: Everyone have a look at the image and tell me what kind of actual subjects you could find in it, namely in the cables and tubes.
  • Teaching Materials(6/30): growing up with science: projects could be the sort of activities we're looking for. I used these with a class, and think people should look at them.

on hold:

Diana's Projects


I've put up comments. There are a few places that could use some work. AnnaP 7/10
Rebecca 02:26, 16 July 2011 (UTC) This is a very impressive page. I put up a few small suggestions on the discussion page.
Approved AnnaP 7/14

Ideas for later projects

  • Chirikov-Taylor Maps
    • This seems like a natural extension of the Markus-Lyapunov Fractals page, but maybe the math involved in the two is too similar?
  • This aspect of pendular motion:
    • [Pendulums]
    • I'm not sure how or whether to use this -- does a moving image count as a "math image"? -- But it's incredible, and I'd love to explore it.
  • Kuen Surface
    • It's just really cool.

Kate's Projects

Kate 18:29, 18 July 2011 (UTC): As soon as I get confirmation that Anne Burns doesn't mind us using her images, I'll submit this for final review.
Kate 18:29, 18 July 2011 (UTC): Made changes after talking to Abram. Would welcome feedback from others.
  • Finished pages:
Approved, but I did have one note on whether or not you intended to add something. It's fine as is, but I wanted to put up a suggestion. AnnaP 16:24, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
I responded to that note.
Approved AnnaP 16:24, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Kate 17:31, 11 July 2011 (UTC): Changed things in response to Chris' comments.
Put up as ready for the public 6/30 AnnaP
Kate 18:11, 30 June 2011 (UTC): Changed the the things that were bolded.

Leah's Projects

not sure what to do with this page.


Waiting on the final applet by Reza. Ljeanlo1 16:14, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

addressing comments from chris. Ljeanlo1 16:14, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Requests to S10 Students

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Math Tools Requests This page is a place where students whose primary focus is writing pages can post requests for applets, animations, and new images that they'd like to see the computer science students create.

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