Tour the Math Images Project
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. Using MediaWiki software, the Project encourages a collaborative atmosphere in which contributors find images and write about them both to learn the mathematics involved and to explain it to others. Ideally, the page creators will interact with users of the site to clarify and enrich the material.
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. However, we do include detailed mathematical explanations of the same topics to provide advanced readers with an opportunity to research and learn.
How to Use an Image Page
How to Use an Image Page
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.|
|*Home||Takes you to the Home Page of Math Images Project|
|*About Math Images||Takes you to the Overview of the project and its history|
|*Math Image Tools||Takes you to a list of all the image pages using interactive learning softwares.|
|*Math for Computer Graphics||Takes you to a list of topics that are related to computer graphics.|
|Browse Images by...|
|*Title||Sorts pages alphabetically by title|
|*Field||Sorts pages by the fields which they fall under. A page can fall under multiple fields and it will appear under both fields|
|*Thumbnail Gallery||Sorts pages by their main images.|
|*Upload a file||Directs you to procedures to upload a file/image for an image page you have created.|
|*Create an Image Page||Directs you to a template to create an image page.|
|*Community Portal||Directs you to a forum where discussion of certain topics an take place.|
|*Recent Changes||Shows you all the recent changes done to all pages by all users.|
|*Help||Directs you to a page with categorized help information|
|*Wiki Tricks||Directs you to a page that provides information on how to format and write a Math Images Page|
|*Helper Page||Directs you to a list of pages that provide background information on certain topics that ars mentioned in an Image Page but not comprehensively discussed and explained in the main image page.|
|*Ask Dr. Math Images||Directs you to a page where you can ask Dr. Math Images a question which will be answered by someone from Math Images.|
|*Leave Feedback||Directs you to a page where you can leave feedback.|
|*What Links here||If you are on a particular helper page, this will direct you to all the image pages that use this helper page|
Anybody can contribute to the Math Images Project by giving some feedback, editing parts of a page, or making a new 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.
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!
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, and click Create an Image Page under interaction.