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General Information

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

Helpful Links for Students

Most of the links below are tailored for people writing pages for Math Images and assume you already know basic wiki markup. You can learn basic markup two ways. First, you can learn by example, by looking at the source code of pages, using the "edit" or "view source" from the top navbar. Second, you can refer to helper articles; check out the Wikipedia wikilanguage cheatsheet and the Wikipedia wiki markup page.

Now on to pages about writing for Math Images. You'll find the pages below helpful to keep on hand, maybe even open in another tab, while working on your projects. Note that you can also get to all these pages 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.

Senior Staff and Their Availability

Steve Maurer (Smaurer1)

I leave town on June 27 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. Experience shows that while at MathPath I will have almost 0 time to help with Math Images.

Gene (Eklotz1) (Here's a genuine antique web page). I'm usually in the Swarthmore area, except on Thursdays when I go to the Math Forum. Write me at eklotz1 if you have questions.

Ann Renninger (Krennin1)

Chris Taranta

Diana (Dpatton1)

I will be here and on-site full-time for the first 3 weeks (through 6/7), aside from the following:
  • I'm leaving early (2 pm) on Tuesday, 5/28.
  • I'll be away all day on Thursday, 5/30.
  • On Friday, 5/31, I will only be in around 10am-12pm and hopefully the late afternoon.
After 6/7, I'll be away, but still working full-time and available online throughout the day. Contact me by email or g-chat at dianapatton1@gmail.com or through Skype, username lantzyd.

2013 Student Imagers

Jason Mendoza
Greg Brown
Xintong Tian
Lucy Peng

Workshops/Demonstrations already planned

  • Sketchpad Tutorial - 5/23
Requests for Topics:
  • Photoshop - 5/27
  • Sketchpad Redux - 6/6

Requests for Workshops/Demonstrations

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

Like: Xintong, Jason, Lucy, Greg


Like: Jason, Xintong


Like: Jason, Lucy, Xintong

Comments and suggestions here, please

Current Individual Projects

Please present the following information for each of your pages:

  • Page Name, Status (in progress, on hold, second draft complete, etc. Don't call it a final draft, since it may still need revision per the readers.)
    • Team members
    • Reader's comments, with date
    • Your responses, with date

Xintong's pages

  • Towers of Hanoi: Second draft/on hold. Please look over it and leave comments.
    • I've provided feedback in the Discussion section. You'll find it in green under three headings—The Recursive Solution, The Explicit Formula, and Why It's Interesting. Chris 4:45, 26 June 2013 (EDT)
      • Thanks, I'll edit this page after I work on a few more pages. --Xtian1 14:31, 28 June 2013 (EDT)
    • I made a few very minor edits directly to your page and left some final feedback on your Discussion page. -Diana 09:51, 15 July 2013 (EDT)
    • Final edits made; page approved. --Chris 16:00, 4 August 2013 (EDT)
  • Systems of Linear Differential Equations: First draft complete. Please look over it and leave comments. --Xtian1 16:46, 23 July 2013 (EDT)
    • Gene July 10. I added a couple comments to the talk page.
      • Thanks, I fixed the "for" to "during." The Hooke's Law I'm not entirely sure if I'm including in the page yet, so I'll actually delete it for now. I'll keep your advice in mind if I choose to do it though. --Xtian1 16:41, 11 July 2013 (EDT)
    • I put the major points of the last feedback doc I gave you up on your discussion page. I know you've already addressed a lot of it, but it's up now for history and conversation purposes. -Diana 12:01, 15 July 2013 (EDT)
      • Thanks, I think I fixed all of them today. --Xtian1 16:00, 15 July 2013 (EDT)

Lucy's pages

  • On hold:Parabolic Bridges, which is an attempt to upgrade the Parabolic Integration wiki page. In fact, it might just be an expansion of the Real world applications section of the Parabola wiki page.
  • On hold: Matrix in collaboration with Jason. Group: Xintong, Chris, Steve W, Annie, Peng
    • Have put aside the page for now. Will come back to it during the last week of the Project.--Lucy
  • In progress: Art Gallery Theorem with Greg, Chris, Steve M, Peng, Annie
    • Worked on edits post-Checklist discussion. Left comments on what I have edited --Lpeng1 17:12, 23 July 2013 (EDT)
  • In Progress: New Page Permutations with Jason, Chris, Steve W, Chengying
    • 1st draft still in progress. I'll have the 1st draft completed in time for feedback tomorrow. --Lpeng1 17:12, 23 July 2013 (EDT)
    • Edited according to last night's feedback. Conducted research on interesting problems, namely The Hat Check Problem. Expanded Basic Description section.--Lpeng1 15:57, 17 July 2013 (EDT)
  • In Progress: Eternal Knot
    • Worked on edits post-Checklist discussion. Left comments on what I have edited --Lpeng1 17:12, 23 July 2013 (EDT)

Greg's pages

  • Taylor Series: almost done.
    • Removed Pendulum section (left text in Discussion page). Other small edits. Page is just about done. --Gbrown2 16:57, 15 July 2013 (EDT)
      • I posted the major points (but not the wording and grammar notes) of the feedback I gave you to your discussion page, just for conversation and posterity purposes. You've already taken care of most of that, but note the one new point on capitalizing section headings. -Diana 10:54, 15 July 2013 (EDT)
    • Page complete, all edits done, page approved. --Chris 14:54, 4 August 2013 (EDT)
  • Stereographic Projection: almost done. Group: Lucy, Chris, Cheying, Gene, Annie.
    • Substantial changes to Cartography section including breaking down into sections, clarifying language, moving stuff around, adding images, although there is still more to do. I have not been able to upload my most recent edits due to the error my page has been getting recently. I also found a new main image for the page that is not potentially misleading, like the old one was, and which I think is more compelling. I've also made small edits throughout the entire page. I modified the Definition section slightly; I am trying to clarify the language I will be using throughout the page without giving the reader too much to remember too early. I would like to look at Property 4 again and make sure that it's clear, since it's difficult to phrase. I intend to expand the Complex Analysis section very slightly, just to show what stereographic projection is used for without going into too much detail. I also will slightly expand the Photography section. --Gbrown2 16:57, 11 July 2013 (EDT)
    • Have continued with minor edits. Still cannot upload my most recent changes, however. --Gbrown2 16:50, 12 July 2013 (EDT)
    • Page complete, all edits done, page approved. --Chris 14:54, 4 August 2013 (EDT)
  • Convergence (H): in progress. Group: Xintong, Diana, Annie, Peng, Gene.
    • Created some images for harmonic series section. Three of them shown the partial sums for very large n to try to give the intuitive impression that harmonic series might converge. Then another two relate the harmonic series to the comparison series I give (one relates the terms, another shows the partial sums). --Gbrown2 16:40, 23 July 2013 (EDT)
    • Chris took a first crack at edits; only one edit found. --Chris 15:35, 4 August 2013 (EDT)

Jason's pages

  • Gradients and Directional Derivatives: on hold.Group: Xintong, Chris and Peng.
  • Matrix: on hold. In collaboration with Lucy. Group: Xintong, Chris, Steve W, Annie, Peng
  • Social Networks: In progress. Group: Diana, Xinong, Chengying, Steve W and Gene.
    • I changed the title of my page from Visualization of Social Networks to just simply Social Networks. I am about 99% done with drafting the more mathematical section for Degree, Eigenvector, Closeness and Betweenness Centrality. Today i did the Betweenness section and added more explanations to the other centrality measure sections. I have not touched the sections that deal with the networks as a whole (Basic Reproduction Number, Configuration Model, etc.). I plan to do that friday.-Jason 16:58, 18 July 2013 (EDT)
    • I put more feedback on your comments page and made some minor direct edits to your page; check the history to see the changes I made. -Diana 12:13, 17 July 2013 (EDT)

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. I've included an example from last year so you understand the wiki formatting:

  • Lucy: I am working on Eiman's Crop Circles page and Eliza's Romanesco Broccoli page.
    • Still waiting to hear back from Eiman and Eliza about their interest in finishing up the pages. I have written up thorough discussions for both these pages, though. --Lpeng1 16:17, 1 July 2013 (EDT)
    • I made minor editing changes to your feedback to Eiman. I like very much how you give her helpful specific feedback while maintaining a very positive tone. --Chris 17:03, 1 July 2013 (EDT)
I agree with many of your suggestions to the boys and found it interesting how you organized it in terms of graphics, specific sentences, and content and style. However, I found myself having to skip back and forth to follow your feedback. I have the following suggestions:
1. Begin with positive feedback about their page; point to a couple specifics that you think they did particularly well.
2. Organize your feedback by section, so the boys don't have to skip around through the page. Notice, for instance, that your very first suggestion relates to near the end of the file. Go by section, paragraph #, sentence #
Example: Basic Description, P1, S4
3. Their first few lines need specific help with clarity.
a. The fractal begins with a particular square in the center. They need to make the point that there is a starting place and that the fractal is constructed in a particular order.
b. In Sentence 2 of the main image caption, they write "the space between each square creates a right triangle." Space can't create something.
c. In the Basic Description, their first sentence includes "a right triangle branching off of it." Whereas they get the fact that there is a beginning, unlike in 3a above, the triangle is constructed so that its hypotenuse is the top of the square. They need to be more specific.
4. Instead of saying "Mainly watch out for verboseness," please give one or two specific examples where they are wordy and give a more concise alternative. Then point out two or three other places where they are verbose and ask them to be more concise. --Chris 10:50, 2 July 2013 (EDT)

  • Fixed. --Xtian1 11:52, 2 July 2013 (EDT)