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Discrete and numerical mathematics
Free learning project.
(Free as defined in Freedomdefined).

Fundamentals

  • Logic
  • Sets
  • Functions
  • Cardinality
  • Sequences and sums
  • Matrices

Numbers and numericals

  • Algorithms
  • Number theory
  • Induction and recursion
  • Verification
  • Computability
  • Numerical Algebra and Calculus

Counting, recounting and discrete non-wild guessing

  • Combinatorial theory
  • Discrete probability
  • Recurrence relations
  • Stochastic processes

Visualizing relationships: graphs, trees and networks

  • Algebraic structures
  • Graphs
  • Trees
  • Networks
  • Game theory
  • Optimization


The learning community of the course 'Further Mathematics' at de Polithecnic School, in Cáceres, hopes to contribute to the English Wikipedia through this university project.

Rationale

It is our aim with this project to contribute to that the so-called evaluation or assessment stops from being a mere measuring instrument of the extent to which students have assimilated the contents received, and it becomes a learning experience, being able of bringing to light, capacities, abilities, attitudes and values that have been intrinsic, reinforced or acquired during the learning process. At the same time, it puts to the test their understanding skills, their abilities to practical work and their creativity, reinforcing the capacity of assuming social responsibilities and the interpersonal and civic competences. In particular, the main elements linked to learning that are strengthened are:

  • Peer learning
  • Sharing and giving
  • Research skills
  • Technical and communication skills
  • Cooperating and collaborating
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Individual responsibility
  • Socialization
  • Working and processing in teams
  • Knowledge transfer to society

Work schedule

Type and minimum number of contributions

Each student has to do a minimum of four major contributions to the English Wikipedia. These contributions must have to do with discrete or numerical mathematics and students must do at least one contribution per each header topic: «Fundamentals», «Numbers and numericals», «Counting, recounting and discrete non-wild guessing» and «Visualizing relationships: graphs, trees and networks».

Each of these contributions would focus on one or more of the following activities:

  1. Contributing to existing articles.
    After relevant articles to be worked have been found, student would focus their contribution on one or more of the following activities and targets:
    1. Expanding and improving articles.
    2. Critical analysis of existing articles (on the talk page of the article).
      (Respect what the community of the English Wikipedia indicates on the help page about using talk pages and in the talk page guidelines).
    3. Adding examples and case studies.
    4. Adding theoretical and practical applications and cases of use, specially in the field of Science, Technology and Society [STS].
    5. Adding notes, references, bibliography, inner links, external links and multimedia content (photos, illustrations, videos).
    6. Conceptual correction.
    7. Style correction.
    8. Improving an article to be exported to the English Wikipedia and getting it to be highlighted.
      (Read what the community of the English Wikipedia considers a good article and a featured article).
    9. Translating articles.
      (Respect what the community of the English Wikipedia indicates on the help page about translation).
  2. Creating new articles.
    After the topic choice and the related English Wikipedia contents review have been made, student could choose to create a new article.

In all cases, respect what the community of the English Wikipedia indicates on the page about writing better articles — that, specifically, includes direct links to the help page on editing (how to edit a page) and to the manual of style —.

Due dates

  • Monday, February 6, 2017: Beginning date of the academic component in the 2nd semester of the academic year 2016-2017.
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017: You should have joined the Epistemowikia, if not yet, and become familiar with it, specially with edition — for this to happen you can take its help page (in Spanish) as a starting point —.
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017: Due date for having joined the English Wikipedia, if not yet, and for having chosen the articles of which you become responsible (two highly recommended starting points to address this issue would be the Logic portal and the Thinking portal).
However, from the moment it is clear to you, you can join the list at the English Wikipedia and start to work there.
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017: You should have continually published the public part of a first self-report about what you have developed up to that moment, on your logbook and on the project contributions page.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017: You should have continually published the public part of your self-report including all you have done, on your logbook page and on the project contributions page.
  • Friday, May 19, 2017: Ending date of the academic component in the 2nd semester of the academic year 2016-2017.
  • Important: It is worth noting that Epistemowikia and Wikipedia are public, free and open wiki sites, therefore out of that date range the project stays open for ever.

Dynamic obligations

While the project is active, each student is required to:

  • develope all their contributions in accordance with the quality criteria of the English Wikipedia;
  • monitor the comments and the edits to their articles;
  • update their logbook as they work on their contributions;
  • collaborate with the rest of the students by reading and reviewing their work and helping them as much as possible.

Starting on Epistemowikia

We use Epistemowikia to develop our major contributions until they reach the minimum standard required by the English Wikipedia.

Some of the following lines are shared by both Epistemowikia and Wikipedia, and what is more, both sites are similar in many of them.

  1. If you want to collaborate, you have to join the Epistemowikia.
    1. First, create an account.
    2. After doing that, your email must be confirmed. To do that, please log in with your username and password and go to your preferences page and follow the directions from there. If you do this, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits.
  2. You could modify, in accordance with your wishes, your preferences.
  3. On your personal preferences page, you must activate the following three options:
    [X] Enable email from other users
  4. [X] Email me when a page or a file on my watchlist is changed
    [X] Email me when my user talk page is changed
  5. Here is your watchlist. You must include the course forums in it. You can, for instance, edit your raw watchlist including the following page names:
    Epistemowikia:Plan de aprendizaje/Ampliación de Matemáticas - Further Mathematics/Actividades/Foros/Noticias, Actualidad y Ocio - News, Current Events and Leisure
    Epistemowikia:Plan de aprendizaje/Ampliación de Matemáticas - Further Mathematics/Actividades/Foros/Cafetería - Cafe
    Epistemowikia:Plan de aprendizaje/Ampliación de Matemáticas - Further Mathematics/Actividades/Foros/Foro AM-FM - Forum AM-FM
    Epistemowikia:Plan de aprendizaje/Ampliación de Matemáticas - Further Mathematics/Actividades/Foros/Metodología-Evaluación - Methodology-Assessment
    Epistemowikia:Plan de aprendizaje/Ampliación de Matemáticas - Further Mathematics/Actividades/Foros/Trabajos Fin de Asignatura - Term papers
    Epistemowikia:Proyecto de aprendizaje/Matemática discreta y numérica
    Epistemowikia:Proyecto de aprendizaje/Discrete and numerical mathematics
    Thus, as 'Email me when a page or a file on my watchlist is changed' option is checked, you will be emailed every time a message is posted to any of these forums.
    Note: Observe that, at any time, you can include a page into your watchlist simply checking the star that appears near the 'View history' tab.
  6. Join the project on this dedicated page.
  7. Include your major contributions to the project on this common dedicated page.
  8. Any person can watch the list of all your contributions easily on Special:Contributions. Although anyone interested could follow your dedication to the project, you should highlight your major contributions on a personal dedicated page. This must be a subpage of your user page, that you will use as a public, free/libre and open logbook in which you will write down every and each of your contributions (that is, what is finished, what is being depveloped and what still has not started, including reference dates). You can easily create your logbook page, just browse to the following address, replace 'myusername' with your user name and push 'Enter':
    http://cala.unex.es/cala/epistemowikia/index.php/Usuario:myusername/Logbook
  9. Although there is a test page, it seems reasonable that you have a personal one (similar again, browse to the following address, replace 'myusername' with your user name and push 'Enter'):
    http://cala.unex.es/cala/epistemowikia/index.php/Usuario:myusername/sandbox
  10. Important:
    1. On Epistemowikia, mathematical formulas are represented using MathML (through a third-party Mathoid server). If, at some point, you see an error message instead of the formula, browse to your appearance preferences page where you can check the PNG option instead (the first option).
    2. If you make a minor edition, please check that option before saving the page. Doing this you indicate the community that the change made is not an essential change. On the other side, it generates a smaller load on the data base.

On the English Wikipedia

All of the above, although they may lead to parallel but different contributions to Epistemowikia (for example, because of the social point of view), has served as a training ground for effective contributing to the English Wikipedia.

  • Create an account, if you do not have one yet.
  • After doing that, your email must be confirmed. To do that, please log in with your username and password and go to your preferences page and follow the directions from there. If you do this, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits.
  • You could modify, in accordance with your wishes, your preferences. For instance, on your personal preferences page, you must activate the following three options:
    • [X] Enable email from other users
    • [X] Email me when a page on my watchlist is changed
  • Here is your watchlist.
  • Join the project on this dedicated page.
  • Include your major contributions to the project on this common dedicated page.
  • Any person can watch the list of all your contributions easily on this page. Although anyone interested could follow your dedication to the project, you should highlight your major contributions on a personal dedicated page. This must be a subpage of your user page, that you will use as a public, free/libre and open logbook in which you will write down every and each of your contributions (that is, what is finished, what is being depveloped and what still has not started, including reference dates). You can easily create your logbook page, just browse to the following address, replace 'myusername' with your user name and push 'Enter': https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usuario:myusername/Logbook (precisely, this one is the page that will host your self-report).
  • Your test page is one subpage of your user page, called Sandbox.
  • If you make a minor edition, please check that option before saving the page. Doing this you indicate the community that the change made is not an essential change. On the other side, it generates a smaller load on the data base.
  • If you wish to create an article and you are not sure of how to proceed, you should use the article wizard.
  • Remember, the project main page on the English Wikipedia is: Wikipedia:School and university projects/Discrete and numerical mathematics

Self-report

In all cases, every and each student must continually write, keeping up with the developing of their work, a self-report, on their logbook, about the whole of their contribution to the project and justify the relationship with the four heading topics. A simple format could be:

Private part:

Student (name and surname): __________
Username on the English Wikipedia (username and URL locator of their user page): __________
Comprehensive assessment of all the work done: __________

Public, free/libre & open part (it will be a copy on Epistemowikia): __________

Username on the English Wikipedia (username and URL locator of their user page): __________
Major contributions to the English Wikipedia (page titles and their URL locators): __________
Other contributions to the English Wikipedia: __________
Comprehensive summary of all the work done, justifying their relationship with the four heading topics: __________

Templates

The template {{learning project}} has to be added to the talk page of every article that has been created or changed on Epistemowikia as part of the learning project. When you move your articles to Wikipedia in English you have to change it to the {{Educational assignment}} template.

See also

External links