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Ken.Pledger@vuw.ac.nz

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Welcome to <sci.math>. These suggestions may help you.
Posted: Aug 4, 2014 5:08 PM
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  These notes are not official in any way, but if you are new to this
group you may find them helpful.

1.    Messages posted to <sci.math> may be about mathematics at any
level.  Please don't post OT (off-topic) messages about other things.

Be cautious about cross-posting (posting the same message to more than
one news group) - see section 6 below.

Some questions may have better luck in a more specialized news group
such as <sci.stat.math>, <sci.logic> or <sci.math.num-analysis>.

2.    Your subject heading should show briefly what sort of mathematics
is in your message.  For example, "Differentiating trig functions" is a
good subject, but "Help!" is a bad subject.

3.    Include the text of your question in the message itself (not the
subject heading), even if you also refer to a web page for a good
diagram.

4.    Type mathematical formulae in the ordinary ASCII characters on
your keyboard.

Use  ^  for powers, for example  aaaa = a^4 .

You will rarely need * for multiplication, but use plenty of
brackets/parentheses.  For example,  e^2x/5  could mean  
(e^2)x/5  or  (e^(2x))/5  or  e^(2x/5).

Use plenty of spaces.  For example,   2x + 5y = 12   is easier to read
than   2x+5y=12.

5.    This news group is open to everybody.  Some people have bad
manners, and some cranks presume to know more mathematics than they
really do.  You may be wise to ignore them.  Proper news readers (not
Google) usually provide filters which can help you to exclude junk
messages.

6.    You may want more information.

Are you struggling with Google Groups or Math Forum?  For better news
servers and other helpful ideas scroll down to William Elliot's message
in
<https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!msg/sci.math/fZrCyaa-Kxo/aJ
iRs1LgxSoJ>.

Some good general advice about news groups, cross-posting, not
multi-posting or top-posting, etc. is Stan Brown's "Play Nice on Usenet"
web site <http://oakroadsystems.com/genl/unice.htm>.

The <alt.algebra.help> FAQ pointer at
<http://www.faqs.org/faqs/math/algebra-help/guidelines-FAQ/>
is incomplete but still helpful.

The older <sci.math> FAQ are at
<https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~alopez-o/math-faq/math-faq.html>.  The newer
draft by Rogerio Brito <rbrito@ime.usp.br> is not yet complete at
<http://sourceforge.net/p/math-faq/code/ci/master/tree/>.


        Ken Pledger.

[Suggestions for shortening or clarifying these notes are welcome.]



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