[IAEP] Math Future event Tuesday May 15th 9pm ET: Easy math notation with MathJax (Murray Bourne)

Maria Droujkova droujkova at gmail.com
Mon May 14 11:47:47 EDT 2012

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Easy math input and math notation reformJoin Murray Bourne of IntMath in
discussing the new version of MathJax and its implications for online math.
Murray and a large group of volunteers recently converted thousands of
pages into the new format.

The discussion will also consider math notation and how we might improve it
to reduce inconsistencies and help new learners to understand concepts

All events in the Math Future weekly series:
The recording will be at: http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/EasyMathInput
Your time zone: http://bit.ly/IOvkI8

*How to join*

   - Follow this link at the time of the event: *
   - Tuesday, May 15th 2012 we will meet online at 6:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm
   Eastern time. Your time zone: http://bit.ly/IOvkI8
   - Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the
   software. When you see Session Log-In, enter your name and click the
   "Login" button
   - If this is your first time, come a few minutes earlier to check out
   the technology.

About IntMath Projects *(a) intmath.com*

My main site attracts around a million page views per month. It's called
"Interactive Mathematics", but most people keep coming back (they say)
because of the "clear and easy to understand explanations".

The exploratory interactive materials use jsxGraph, Flash, Java and
Scientific Notebook.

The most popular pages are:

Derivatives of Sine and
Basic Algebra <http://www.intmath.com/Basic-algebra/Basic-algebra-intro.php>
Graphs of Sine and
Graphs of Inverse Trigonometric
Solving Differential

*(b) squareCircleZ <http://www.intmath.com/blog/>*
[image: square-circlez.jpg]

The blog covers a wide range of math topics (and occasionally other things
that interest me). The most popular articles have been the "how to" type
(like How to draw y^2 = x –
and ones that have a human connotation (where we see how math is used in
the "real world")

*(c) Newsletter*

The IntMath Newsletter goes out to over 12000 subscribers twice per month.
The readers range from grade 8 (who are struggling with fractions, indices
and decimals), through high school algebra and trigonometry students, those
studying calculus and beyond. The "beyond" is quite a large group of math
teachers, and retirees who enjoy learning math for pleasure.

*(d) Notation*

I have a special interest in math notation and how it unnecessarily adds to
students' confusion.

*(e) Getting Math on the Web*

I'm also interested in the extra load there is when learners are trying to
discuss math problems on the Web. Most will just type their algebra or
matrices in a linear way which is difficult for them and almost impossible
for the reader to understand.

ASCIIMathML and ASCIIsvg have been the easiest methods I've come across to
publish math on the Web.

 Event Host
[image: murray-bourne2.jpg]Murray Bourne:
I was a teacher in secondary schools in Australia for some years. I was in
Broken Hill (outback Australia) and then Grafton (northern NSW).
I then moved to Japan where I taught mathematics (in English) for 4 years
in an interesting program that prepared Japanese students for college
courses in the USA. The students would spend one year improving their
English, followed by one year doing a typical freshman program, then off
they would go to small mid-West colleges. I also taught English while in
On returning to Australia, I taught in TAFE (Technical and Further
Education), Bond University and Griffith University.
I then moved to Singapore where I taught engineering mathematics in a
polytechnic. I then conducted staff training in the same institution for a
number of years. More recently I have set up my own training consultancy
and I do freelance training in SE Asia.

Maria Droujkova

Make math your own, to make your own math
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