Ask Dr. Math Tour

The Office
The Doctor's Office, a software package written by Math Doctor Ken Williams, is where it all happens. Here all the questions are stored, answered, and archived. The Office is designed to provide a smooth way for us to answer questions.

At the bottom of each page is a menu bar that will take you to the major areas of the office. It looks like this:



Triage Area


Post-Op Area


Administration


Archives


Math Resources


Help!
To get a feel for how the office works, read on. After you have read, feel free to visit the office using the guest account.

Triage Area



The heart of ASK DR. MATH is the Triage Area. Here Doctors can look through the list of waiting questions and decide which they are going to answer, or communicate with other doctors about difficult or interesting questions.

Post-Op Area



After they have been answered, questions go to the Post-Op Area. Here other doctors can check over the work that you have done and make any additions or corrections that may be needed. When questioners reply to our answers, the thread is removed from Post-Op and put back into the Triage Area for immediate attention.

Administration



From the Administration Area we keep track of who the Doctors are, password protection, and other details.

Archives



You've already had a taste of the Archives. They are amazingly useful in the answering process. When you come to a question that has already been answered, it's always smart to go to the archives and see whether you can use the old answer. Borrowing from old questions is highly recommended.

Math Resources



In the Math Resources Area we list important math resources from the Internet. These include math history sites, newsgroup archives searchers, Pascal's Triangle, and many other pages with valuable information.

Help!



You can go to the Help Area from any page. There you will find explanations for how to use each page. We hope that pages will be self-explanatory, but when they aren't, the Help area is there to bail you out.

Would you like to visit?


We've created a Guest Doctor account so that you can look around the Doctor's Office. Two warnings are necessary:
  1. For security reasons there are some places you cannot go (although we are really pretty trusting around here).

  2. We know there are a lot of unanswered questions in the Triage Area. We answer more questions than we leave unanswered, but the demand is so great that we are eager for more help.

At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to submit an application to become a math doctor if you desire.

This page is password-protected. To log in, enter the user name "guest" and no password.

Enough talk - Let's go see it.

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