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If you are ready to jump in and start reading and editing the class notes, click class_notes. On the other hand, if you want to know some background information why I am requiring that you participate in the class note writing activities, or read a quick note on how to edit wiki pages and insert math equations, please read on.

This is the new (final) place that we try to write a perfect note for our QM class. It is supposed to have a way to enter math equation as well, so I hope this will work.

Since the previous attempt to get this note going did not take off, I am now giving participation credits for your contributions. This means also that if you don't participate here, you will have to make up by doing more in the discussion forum in our WebVista (https://www2.webvista.umn.edu/webct).

The system is set up in such a way that you won't be able to edit this page yourself. You can only edit the linked pages for individual chapters 1, 2, …

original intention for setting this up

This is a new experiment I am doing in our Quantum class to try to improve our communication by having a common place to post notes, questions and answers.

I am hoping that some of you will step up and write notes based on my lecture. I envision that this will serve the following purposes.

  1. Writer(s) will learn the materials more deeply by simply trying to summarize what they heard in the lecture, and get feedback from classmates, TA and me.
  2. I will have a clearer picture of what students have learned and what they did not. Using this information, I will adapt my following lecture to the needs of the students, add clarifications in the note directly, etc.
  3. Some students will learn more by reading the note, particularly if they missed some materials covered in the lecture, or they did not understand some points in the lecture.

If the lecture is not clear, students are encouraged to add questions as to what is not clear in the discussion section of WebVista (https://www2.webvista.umn.edu/webct). In addition to some explanation/descriptions being unclear, it may be that motivation for doing something is not clear, derivation steps appear to be missing, etc. Any of these points should be brought up.

Once questions are posted, I hope other students will try to answer them as answering other students questions is a great way for you to deepen your own understanding. If no students answer some of the questions, I am prepared to answer them, but I feel that this is less desirable.

When a quiz time approaches, I believe these notes are an excellent place for you to go to to review the materials we have covered.

how to use and edit wiki pages

information about wiki editing

A good introduction to editing wiki articles is located at the syntax page. Additional information coming from slides for a talk given by David Christle in another class is attached here.

sign your name for your contributions

It's also possible to easily sign your work. The point of this would be so that if we all added our ethanol calculations to a page on ethanol, we could sign each version of the calculation with a signature like this. — Yuichi Kubota 2008/09/15 21:18

math equation in wiki

The multimath plugin has been installed last spring, so math formatting such as <math>\int_a^b f(x)\,\mathrm dx = F(b) - F(a)</math> is supposed to work with both LaTeX formatting and the PHP Math plugin. In fact, it seems to be working as of now (9/16 16:00).

For more info about how to use LaTex syntax to type in equations, check

mimetex http://www.forkosh.com/mimetex.html
itex2mml http://pear.math.pitt.edu/mathzilla/itex2mml.html
plain2mml http://math.wcupa.edu/~johnston/plain2mathml

Are you ready? Then click one of the following links and get started.

class notes

Go to Chapter1 and write, respond, correct anything related to Chapter 1 to produce perfect class note for this chapter.

Go to chapter2 and write, respond, correct anything related to Chapter 2 to produce perfect class note for this chapter.



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