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Introduction to the Math Images Project
Welcome all those who enjoy interesting images, to the Math Images Project!
Our goal is to give people a new and enjoyable perspective on mathematics through beautiful and intriguing images available on the web. Each topic explained on our site is accompanied by images and real-world applications, so we hope you can learn something interesting even if you haven't enjoyed math in the past. At the same time, we do include detailed mathematical explanations of the same topics to provide advanced readers with an opportunity to research and learn.
This tour will show new users how to find information by searching for specific topics or simply perusing Image Pages, like the Fibonacci Numbers page. Additionally, we'll show users who wish to interact with the site how they can make a suggestion, ask a question, or contribute their own knowledge. The Math Images Project is a collaborative learning environment for all, so we hope that you explore our site to the fullest in whatever way you choose!
An image page is created under an template that facilitates easy browsing and learning. Every page has a a main image on the top right corner with the field of mathematics which the image falls under and its origin. On the left side of the image, there is usually a small paragraph explaining the basic ideas underlying the image.
Next comes the main body of the page with a content box to facilitate easy navigation. A page usually comes in 8 parts, 1. Basic Description,2. A More Mathematical Explanation, 3. Why is it interesting?, 4. Teaching Materials, 5. About the Creator of this Image, 6. Related Links, 7. Notes and 8. References.
Anybody can contribute to the Math Images Project by giving some feedback, editing parts of a page, or making a new image page.
Giving comments & feedback
You can give both general comments about our Math Images website and specific comments on individual pages. If you want to provide some general feedback, find support section of our navigation tool in the left column of our website and click Leave Feedback. Click on + on the upper right corner of the page, as shown by the red box in the picture below. This will allow you to leave comments about our website.
If you want to leave some comments on a specific image page, click on discussion on the upper left corner of a page. The discussion page is the place where individuals leave comments about a certain image page. You can add a comment by clicking + on the upper right corner or edit an already existing comment by clicking on edit next to the + link. This is shown in the picture below.
Editing a page
You can edit a page by clicking edit with form or edit on the upper right corner of a page, as shown by the red boxes in the picture below.
To see the links that help the writer edit a page(both content & technical tricks), go to
Creating an image page
To create an image page, you must log in to the Math Images website. You can log in or create an Math Images account by clicking on log in/ create account on the top right corner.
Then, in the navigation tool on the left column, click Create an Image Page under interaction. Enter the name of the image page you would like to create, such as Prime numbers, and then click add or edit. You will be directed to a new page that helps you to create an image page. If this new page is not empty, it means that there is already an existing image page by that name. Here are some guidelines to filling in the form in create an image page:
- Image Title : this should be the title of the image
- 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.
- Short Description : this is a short description (1 or 2 sentences) of the main image
- Basic Explanation : this is a fairly short description of the image that does not involve rigorous mathematics. Anybody should be able to read this section without difficulty.
- More Detailed Explanation: this will appear as a more mathematical explanation in the actual page. This is a description of the image that is more in depth so that college students and others with a more mathematics background can gain a deeper understanding of the math behind the image.
- 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 interesting : this section is should be able to answer the so what? question of the page. It should not involve heavy mathematics so that anybody can read the why interesting section after skipping the more mathematical explanation section.
- References : please list any references you used in creating the page
- Things This Page Needs in the Future : leave a note to future users who are willing to edit the page. You can leave suggestions for future directions or things that future users should not add to the page.
- 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.
The picture below shows where on the page some of the sections appear.
For more information about the content of technical tricks of writing a page, see the section below.
There are a few links that can help the writer edit a page. What makes a good math images page gives an overview of a good image pages. It also addresses special issues that writers should be aware of when they are writing about different types of pages.
The Wiki Tricks page lists some of the technical codings that have been very useful in Math Images project. This page will help the writers with uploading images, making links in pages, making mouse overs, creating tables, hiding some contents, etc. If you find new tricks that you think will be very useful for other writers, go ahead and update this page as well!