homework 1 (due Feb 4)

due date

Thursday, February 4


Read all of the instructions before you actually do anything.

The first thing I want you to do is to create your own profile for the wiki. This will be your first exercise in interacting with the wiki. When writing your profile, I would like you to answer each of the following questions:

  1. Where are you from?
  2. What is your major and why did you choose it?
  3. What career do you hope to pursue upon graduating?

It might also be nice if you would post a picture of yourself so that people can put a face to your name (more on adding images below). Also, it might be nice for you to practice typesetting mathematics in the wiki. Try to find a creative way to incorporate some mathematical notation into your profile. At the end of this page there is more information on typesetting mathematics.

You can check out Dana's profile if you want an example of what your profile might look like.

Hint: If you want to see the wiki syntax for Dana's profile or any other wikidot page for that matter, you can select +Options in the lower righthand corner of the page and then select Page Source. After you've created your profile, check to make sure it appears on the user profiles page.

getting started

On the left navigation panel of this page, there's a text-entry box below add a new page. In that box you should type


though of course you should substitute your actual name in place of your-name-here. For example, I would type

profile:Dana Ernst

Clicking the button new page then takes you to a blank page which is yours to edit; in fact, it takes you straight to the editing panel. Play around so you get comfortable with how the wiki formats text. You should change the title of the page. By default, the title of the page will match the title that you assigned to it when you created it, which in this case is profile:your-name-here. However, we don't really want the "profile" part to show up when the title of the page displays. So, delete profile: in the default page title and any hyphens that appear. For example, I want the title of my profile page to be Dana Ernst. Note: This does not actually change the name of the page, which is essentially the web address of the page. When you are done, click Save. Don't worry if you find that you made a mistake or want to later insert something else: you can change or add to your entry by clicking Edit on the bottom right part of the page or in the sidebar on the left.

including pictures

If you want to include a picture of yourself, you can either link to a picture of yourself which is posted elsewhere on the web (in which case you need the picture's URL) or you can upload a picture from your computer to the wiki. In the latter case, just click on files in the bottom right corner of your page to bring up an uploading dialogue; note that this files link is not available when you are editing your page, so make sure you've closed the editing panel before trying to upload your picture. Either way, you can include the picture into your page by clicking on the "insert image wizard" button in the editing panel. I'd be happy to help you with this if you want.

inserting mathematics

If you want to read about how to typeset mathematics using $\LaTeX$, check out the quick LaTeX guide.

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