How to do Math in Message Boards and Chat Rooms

Nov 5, 2007 by

Someone at the conference asked me how to get ahold of this resource. This is my reference guide to doing math on text-based message boards. The first page is all about doing algebra on message boards. The second page includes calculus.

Certainly, I have not thought of everything and I welcome suggestions for improvement on this one. Comment or email and I will continue to modify and repost this file. I am a little bit nervous, actually, about the ones involving less-than or greater-than symbols, since those are in standard html tags. Anyone got any alternative suggestions for those?

With any luck we will only have to use it for a little while longer (I suspect that the next great innovation in message boards will be to have decent and easy-to-use math editors). However, for now, it helps if all the students (and you) use the same notations on the message boards.

Just a little ironic note… this was the first post I created for this blog, but I never got around to adding the file link, so I never posted the entry. So, somehow, the first post became the 68th post.

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