Monday, February 26, 2007

Quinn's Thesis, Tom Kooij and LaTeX

Update: Quinn has provided her Perl Code.

Tom Kooij just sent me a message about his continuing project on using UT. He has developed some code using LaTeX to simplify the creation of the 256x256 pixel bitmaps required by the EduFrag template.

This reminded me that I still had not uploaded Quinn Thomas' senior design thesis on comparing the use of the Educational version of UT vs. a standard web interface to deliver quizzes to high school students. She showed that there was not much of an advantage but her conditions did not allow for actual game play, such as the race format that we typically use.

The reason Tom's message reminded me of Quinn's work was that she used LaTeX as well to generate her physics bitmaps.


At 10:51 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Funny to read that a basically redid Quinn's work (by using TeX+Imagemagick+Python to create the 256x256 bitmaps)...

Too bad I did not read this earlier.

Anyway, I showed that it can be done on Windows as well (as oppossed to only Linux), even with the same tools...

Quinn's bitmaps are prettier by the way :)

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Tom said...

BTW, here is my script:

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Jean-Claude Bradley said...

Thanks Tom! - this should be useful to others as well

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Caroline said...

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation. LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. LaTeX is available as free software. I am a college sophomore with a dual major in Physics and Mathematics @ University of California, Santa Barbara. By the way, i came across these excellent physics flash cards. Its also a great initiative by the FunnelBrain team. Amazing!!

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Jean-Claude Bradley said...

Thanks Caroline!


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