I am an undergraduate student in Computer Science, me and some of my friends are interested in creating a website to teach programming languages and some mathematics topic which are required to be a good programmer, while writing and teaching about programming language is rather easy when compared to mathematics as the field and scope of mathematics is quite wide.

Most of our understanding comes from books we read also every state and country have different requirement and curriculum.Our approach is to divide each topic in as small part as possible and explain it but we are not sure with the technicality of writing about mathematics since we just can't go ahead and copy paste the content we read in books.

So I would like to know some rules and don'ts while writing about mathematics like where references or credits are mandatory, is it a copyright infringement if we copy definitions, theorems, axioms and proofs? If yes, then from where can we get them. I am certainly sure that mathematics authors don't write it all themselves or do they?

All type of advice and tips are most welcome which could help us meet our goals for creating quality content regarding mathematics without any legal and copyright infringement issues.

It is my humble request not to bash me for my ignorance if I asked something stupid or wrong.

Thanking you all for your patience to end up reading this far

  • I think when you cite something, name your sources. Not because you must, but because this will make your articles credible. If you cite an established math textbook or other trusted sources, this will make your writing look professional. Nobody expects you to invent things, so do rely on other people's work, but nothing is worse than a website with no due credits, especially when it comes to illustrations and photos. Btw, citing is OK and is not a copyright infringement, if properly credited, although that will certainly not work for whole articles and chapters of books. – Drunken Master Mar 6 '15 at 18:37
  • Yes, citing articles and chapters of books is not our intention as it would take away our credibility and the content would be marked as rip off by users and Thank you. – Andrew Mar 6 '15 at 18:47
  • Why would you lose credibility? References to reliable material CREATE credibility. Wikipedia editors started crediting every single piece of information exactly to make their articles credible. Now I can read Wikipedia and know where the findings and data come from and that is surely not a rip-off. – Drunken Master Mar 6 '15 at 18:52
  • No, that is not what I meant, you have actually misunderstood me.What I was trying to say was copy pasting the whole article or books content exactly the same way from books would make us lose credibility.My remark was directed towards the last 10 words of your post. – Andrew Mar 6 '15 at 18:56
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    Your question is much too broad. As it stands it would need a textbook (or website) to teach you what you want to know. Also, there are maths teachers on maths.SE who have asked and answered questions about how to teach maths. You might get better answers over there. I propose to close this question, at least until it is wittled down to a more narrow question that is specifically about writing. – user5645 Mar 8 '15 at 9:54