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FAQ

1. What is Math-Bridge?

Math-Bridge is a service which aims at closing (mathematical) knowledge gaps often existing when students switch from school to university. Math-Bridge tries to bridge this gaps by providing remedial courses. These courses can either be static (predefined structure) or automatically generated and adapted to the students current knowledge.


2. How can I get Math-Bridge?

In the download section of Math-Bridge you can download different versions of the service


3. How much does Math-Bridge cost?

The Math-Bridge platform is free of charge, but there are some services (like trainings) that can cause some costs.


4. What are the minimum system requirements?

Server Requirements:

Unix, Windows or MacOS operating system
Java 1.6 or better
An installation of YACAS Computer Algebra System

Client Requirements:

Modern web-browser. In general, all browsers are supported, but you will have the best experience using Mozilla FireFox 3. As Math-Bridge uses applets the Java plugin needs to be installed in the browser. For best presentation results we advise to use a decent screen resolution (1024x768 or higher) and finally a fast internet connection is needed.


5. Which topics are covered?

Currently the Math-Bridge consortium provided 6 content collections which cover the following topics logic and set theory, number concepts, elementary arithmetics and number theory, combinatorics, simple and higher functions, equations in one variable


6. Are subjects besides Math available/doable?

Math-Bridge does not offer non-math contents yet although the platform is supporting them.


7. Am I allowed to modify existing content?

This depends on the license of the content collection in question. Most of the content collections in Math-Bridge are distributed under Creative Commons licenses which explicitly allow the modification of existing contents. Please check the license before working with existing collections.


8. Can I add my own content?

Yes. You can create your own content yourself (needs training) or let the content be prepared for you.


9. Are there authoring tools available?

For the time-being the authoring tool of choice is an extended version of jEdit. Except for exercises content is authored by writing XML code. For visual creation of exercises the WYSIWYG editor "extasy" can be used.


10. I am having trouble installing the system. Where can I get help?

Please consult the installation instructions delivered with the platform. If you still having problems installing the Math-Bridge platform use the contact form.


11. I copied the content collection into the destined directory but I cannot see it in the browser.

Most probably you forgot to copy the Content Descriptor of the newly added content to the conf directory of Math-Bridge.


12. The browser only shows "Transformation Errors". How can I fix that problem?

In most cases this error is caused by an inconsistent mathematical database. It can be resolved by deleting the directory activemath/data/slumbdb and a restart of the platform.


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