**February, 2003**

BACK TO CONTENTSTo: All Dr. Math Doctors From: Ian Underwood Subject: Ask Dr. Math in February Hi Math Doctors, February was a small month, during which we posted some big numbers. Of 6603 questions that came in, we were able to answer 3911, or about 59%. That's about 200 more answers than last February, when we fielded about 46% of the incoming questions. Of course, numbers are only part of the story. The bigger part is the difference that we make, as illustrated by a few recent thank-you messages: 1) Thank you so much for your help and quick response. I appreciate that people like you care so much, especially with something as trivial as what I had asked about. It does help me to understand mathematical principles better and gives me more enthusiasm for math in general. Thanks! 2) Great site! I've used two of your answers to solve problems with installing crown moulding on odd angle corners and finding the length of an arc on a circle for moulding over an arched opening! And who said we'd never use this stuff again?! I've also introduced it to my daughter (10)! 3) Thanks so much for your time on this. I am spreading the word about the site because you helped me a lot. I kinda look smart to my 7th grader. Getting back to the numbers, about 35 math doctors contributed answers this month, with special thanks going to the following: 20/day | | | Peterson | | Roy 15/day | | | | | Robert 10/day | | | | Douglas, Jacques, Rick | Anthony, Tom 5/day | Greenie, Jerry | Fenton, Kastner, Shawn | Jeremiah, Wilkinson | Dotty, Edwin, Schwa | Achilles, Floor, Jodi, Paul, Marshall, Wallace / 1/wk | Gareth, Jody, Pepper, Pete, Wigton Welcome to new math doctors Dotty, Gareth, and Warren! New 'Ask' Page -------------- If you haven't submitted a question lately, you might not have noticed our new 'ask' page: http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ask.html This replaces the old series of 'ask' pages leading up to the page where people (finally!) got to ask their questions. Simply stated, the goal of the new page is to keep people from writing to us with questions whose answers they should already know, e.g., "Will you write a report on ____ and get it to me by Friday?" "When will I get an answer to my question?" "Why haven't you answered my question yet?" "Why aren't you more like Ask Jeeves?" or typing in a page of questions with no further comment. A little less simply stated, we had three design goals in mind: 1) To state clearly what the site is (and is not) about, and how to use it effectively. 2) To make it easy to absorb the high points by skimming, but also possible to see the relevant details without having to bring up other pages. 3) To minimize the need for scrolling and clicking. Special thanks to our archivist, Dr. Sarah, for finding a page organization that (we think) meets goals (2) and (3). It remains to be seen how well it will work. However, if you think we missed (or misstated) any important points, please let me know ASAP. That's it for February! Go forth, be fruitful, and teach kids to multiply... Dr. Ian Attending Physician Ask Dr. Math