Paul's Online Math Notes
  
FAQ

Here is a list of some frequently asked questions that I get about the site.

  1. Why didn't you cover topic X in your Algebra/Trig Review?
  2. Do you have Class Notes for Class X?
  3. Why does it take so long to load some of the pages?
  4. You have a typo on one of your pages.
  5. Are you aware that you can't spell?
  6. Are you aware that you have terrible grammar?
  7. Must I have cookies enabled to use the site?
  8. Must I have javascript enabled to use this site?
  9. What are the browser requirements for the site?
  10. How were the pages with mathematics generated?
  11. How were the graphs in this site generated?
  12. Do you plan to generate pages that use MathML for the mathematics instead of using images?
  13. When you do generate MathML pages will there also be versions for older browsers that aren't capable of viewing MathML pages?
  14. So, just what is the MathML stuff?
  15. How does the site search work?
  16. The site search appeared to miss a page. Why is that?

  1. Why didn't you cover topic X in your Algebra/Trig Review?
    The answer is twofold here. It takes time to generate these pages and since they were originally intended for my Calculus class I included only those topics that I found to be of particular importance to a Calculus class. I do intend to include other topics as time permits.

  2. Do you have Class Notes for Class X?
    Nope. What I've got is available here on the site. I am working on adding new content in the form of new topics in existing classes and in new classes. However, it takes time to write the notes up and then generate these pages and unfortunately I do most of the work on these notes in my "off" time. So, once I get done with my duties here at Lamar University as well as other projects that are currently taking precedence it doesn't leave much time to work on the notes.

    As soon as I get new content prepared I add it to the site. In the case of new classes I tend to add content on a chapter by chapter basis as I finish each chapter.

  3. Why does it take so long to load some of the pages?
    Almost all of the mathematics on the pages are displayed with images. The more the mathematics on the page, the more images your browser needs to download and hence the longer it takes to load the page. I've tried to keep all the pages fairly small, but some are probably pushing the limits.

  4. You have a typo on one of your pages.
    That is completely possible. You can't write this much mathematics and work this many problems without making an occasional mistake or typo. If you have found one please contact me and let me know what the typo/mistake is and on what page it occurs. I'll fix it as soon as I'm able to.

  5. Are you aware that you can't spell?
    Yes. I've never been good at spelling and grammar and probably never will be. I've come to rely on spell checkers to catch most of my mistakes. If you have found a spelling/grammar error please contact me and let me know what the error is and on what page it occurs. I'll fix it as soon as I'm able to.

  6. Are you aware that you have terrible grammar?
    See the previous answer.....

  7. Must I have cookies enabled to use the site?
    No. The program that I use to track usage statistics does set a cookie to help it do its job. The site is viewable with or without cookies being set. For more information on the usage statistics view my Privacy Statement.

  8. Must I have javascript enabled to use this site?
    Yes, you will need to have javascript enabled in order to use the site. The menu system uses javascript and the program that I use to generate the mathematics on these pages also uses javascript to display and properly format the images.

  9. What are the browser requirements for the site?
    In order to view this site you will need a browser that has been released in the last few years. This site has been tested with Internet Explorer 9.x+, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

    If you do not want to use Internet Explorer or have an older computer you can always download Chrome or FireFox . They are very small downloads (compared to many anyway) and will properly display the site.

  10. How were the pages with mathematics generated?
    These pages were originally written in Microsoft Word using Design Sciences MathType equation editor. This is a wonderful program. It doesn't have quite as many formatting abilities as TeX or LaTeX, but is much easier to use. On top of being a very nice equation editor it is also capable of generating the web pages that you see on this site. This makes generating these pages possible. Without this program it would simply not be easy to generate large amounts of mathematics for the web.

  11. How were the graphs in this site generated?
    A variety of programs where used. Generally the graph was first generated using either Maple (many of the older graphs - only a handful of these left on the site) or Mathematica (the newer graphs - which means most of the graphs on the site). Once the graph was generated it was imported into Adobe Photoshop and any touch ups were done there. Labels and equations on the graphs where generated using Design Sciences MathType equation editor, exported as images and then pasted into the graph using Photoshop.

  12. Do you plan to generate pages that use MathML for the mathematics instead of using images?
    Yes at some point I would like to do this.

    At this point I am still working on generating practice problems for the content and that is taking precedence for work on the site.

    One of the problems with generating MathML pages at this point (September 2015) is that each browser seems to deal with it differently and both Chrome and Internet Explorer do not natively support it (at least at the time I write this...). That makes generating MathML pages very time consuming and somewhat difficult.

  13. When you do generate MathML pages will there also be versions for older browsers that aren't capable of viewing MathML pages?
    Yes, I will continue to provide a set of pages for older browsers.

  14. So, just what is the MathML stuff?
    MathML is a "language" similiar to HTML that can be used to display mathematics in a web browser without having to resort to generate an image for each and every equation that is on the page.

    At this point (September 2015) two of the major browsers (Chrome and Internet Explorer) do not natively support it and that makes generating MathML pages somewhat difficult and time consuming.

  15. How does the site search work?
    The site search is Custom Search Engine powered by Google. Google is nice enough to provide this service free of charge to accredited Universities and University programs. The search it self is actually done on Google's servers and is not done on the server actually hosting this site. Using the site search feature is identical to using Google to search except it will only search my site.

  16. The site search appeared to miss a page. Why is that?
    The site search will only find pages that were on the site the last time Google's bot crawled the site. Pages that were added after that time will not be found until the bot crawls back through the site. Google's bot crawls through the site every 20-30 days.


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