# 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!

## Main Body

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.

 1. Basic Description This section gives a brief introduction and outline of the rest of the page so as to give the reader an idea of what to expect and what are the topics that are being covered. It usually starts with some interesting questions or facts relating to the main image and gets the readers curious to read on. 2. A More Mathematical Explanation This section is hidden by default to make the page more user friendly. It gives a mathematical explanation of the topics relating to the image. It usually starts with a simple ideas and gradually introduces new and harder concepts. Sometimes, derivations of formulas and proofs of theorems are given but they are hidden by default so as to keep the page less sprawling and navigationally friendly. 3. Why is it interesting? This section usually does not give mathematically explanations. Most of the time, it provides curious and interesting facts, applications, unsolvable problems, and historical anecdotes relating to the main images. Even if you have not leaned much in the More Mathematical Section, you can at least take away some knowledge. 4. Teaching Materials This section is for teacher and tutors to share lesson plans and materials relating to certain topic. Right now, this section is unemployed. 5. About the Creator of this Image This section gives information about the software used to create the images in the page. 6. Related Links This section gives links for further learning. 7. Notes This section contains the shortened footnotes in the page. 8. References This section contains all the literature that is cited or referred to in the page. They are in APA style.

# Contribution

Anybody can contribute to the Math Images Project by giving some feedback, editing parts of a page, or making a new image page.

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.

Useful Links gives links to pages that help the writer create a page. It has an overview of a good image pages, addresses issues that writers should be aware of, and lists some of the technical codings that have been very useful in Math Images project.

## 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.

## Writing Guide

• We want our image pages to have an attractive image, together with descriptions of the math behind it that can be satisfying to users with many different levels of background. Start out with a very simple overview, likely hiding much of the more advanced material to keep from overwhelming readers (in particular going very light on equations). We've found it useful to keep the names of hidden subsections visible, serving as a come-on, but hiding the subsection contents (although maybe showing an intriguing image or so).
• In general use short paragraphs of just a couple sentences, and simple sentences. It's a real challenge to write clearly, simply, and still convey the mathematical concepts. Almost everyone needs to have their work read by others and to revise.
• For Math Image pages, or Helper Pages which double as math image pages, be sure to use the form, as described in the section above, to create or edit pages. For simpler Helper Pages, the form isn't necessary and just a simpler approach, using many of the tricks from the advanced user guide would suffice.
• Search what pages already exist! There might already be some pages similar to the one you wanted to do, which could help you in making your page or give you related articles to link your page to. If a Math Image page already exists that is extremely similar to the one you were planning, perhaps you could merge your planned page and the already existing one (before such a large overhaul it would be considerate to plan it out with others in the discussion pages, however).
• Subsections within each section on the form should start out using a triple header, e.g. ===Subsection Name===
• Whenever a section of math can be particularly overbearing, at least at first glance, it might be wise to hide it (to learn about hiding sections, see the Wiki Tricks page) so that readers have time to read a little bit of background information before being loaded with equations.
• You can put other images in your page besides just the main one, in fact this is highly encouraged as long as they are relevant
• For definitions that many users may already know, use a mouse-over balloon to explain it briefly, and perhaps have the mouse-over also serve as a link to any relevant Helper Pages. For more information on mouse-overs, see the Wiki Tricks page.
• If you don't understand some of the more sophisticated math for a page you are creating, you can leave a section blank and ask in the discussion and community portal for someone who does understand it to help you write it.

Be sure to reference any resources you found especially useful in creating your page! At least two references is a good thing.

Useful Links gives links to pages that help the writer create a page. It has an overview of a good image pages, addresses issues that writers should be aware of, and lists some of the technical codings that have been very useful in Math Images project.