**February, 1998**

BACK TO CONTENTSDate: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 15:06:17 -0500 (EST) From: Sonya Del Tredici sonya@mathforum.org To: All Dr. Math Doctors Subject: Dr. Math in Feb. MIME-Version: 1.0 Hello there math doctors! People are always asking me for concrete numbers about Dr. Math, so I thought I'd start a little monthly report with all the facts and figures, and any new Dr. Math news. February was an extremely active month for Dr. Math. We received about 3500 questions, and answered approximately 1000 of them. The "We Love Being Math Doctors" awards go to Doctors Sam, Rob, Jerry, Wilkinson, Wolf, and Anthony, who together answered about 700 of this month's questions. Thanks so much for all of your work! Fifteen new math doctors joined us in February: Doctors Sorelle, Unson, Fox, Martin, Schwenoha, Lynda, Kersh, Jen, Porter, Griffy, White, Hauke, Roberta, Kurt, and Mycyk. I'm glad you're all here! As you can probably guess from the number of questions that went unanswered, we need all the people we can get to help. Just in case you were wondering, there are now a total of 156 Math Doctors, enough to be the solution to the equation: x/12 + 2 = 15. However, we are trying to get even more doctors, so if you have any friends, relatives, or colleagues who like math and want to help, please send them to our tour and application page: http://mathforum.org/dr.math/office_help/ As for Dr. Math news, let's see... Ken has made improvements in both the Holding Tank and Triage pages. Triage now loads about four times as fast as it used to, and the Holding Tank is arranged in reverse chronological order, like Triage and Post-Op. We have also been archiving like mad, and so if you haven't lately, take a look around and see what new things are in there. One of my favorite new pages in the archives was written by Dr. Guy about how to show that two triangles are congruent. It's so clear and thorough that no one will ever have to answer questions about congruent triangles again. :) You can check it out at: http://mathforum.org/dr.math/problems/soarees12.13.97.html There are also some smaller changes we've made. Two of the canned responses, "About Dr. Math" and "FAQ", have been revised, and the FAQ about why n^0 = 1 for any n has been altered. A nice little article about Dr. Math appeared in Microsoft's Internet Magazine. The cover is at: http://home.microsoft.com/reading/default.asp and you can find the actual article at: http://home.microsoft.com/reading/home3.asp Finally, I want to thank everybody for all of their time and effort. I'm constantly amazed that a service the size of Dr. Math is run completely by the efforts of volunteers, and you all should be very proud of what we've accomplished. As a parting note, I wanted to give you a copy of an e-mail that was sent to me last week: ********************* Hello there! As someone who (unfortunately) did not take his [algebra and beyond] math seriously, (does "what am I gonna do with algebra/geometry/etc... after I graduate?" sound familiar?) I REALLY appreciate having found your web site. I just found it today, and have already solved some questions I've had for quite some time. Needless to say, I wish now I'd studied harder, as not only in my profession, but in everyday "fix-it-yourself" applications I find myself having to use the math skills I did learn, and many more that I should have, but didn't, and had to research. Not having applied myself has resulted in much unnecessary cost, using trial and error methods which sometimes prove my math guesswork correct, but more often I wind up going out to buy replacement stock having wasted what I had due to incorrectly guessing at calculation methods for non-regular areas, etc... Feel free to forward this to whomever is responsible to providing answers within your site, that they may have a response to those questions when asked by inattentive students. In my 2-plus years of browsing, this may very well turn out to be the most useful site I've stumbled across yet! Keep it up! K. Rondeau *********************** Once again everybody, thank you! Sonya Del Tredici The Math Forum sonya@mathforum.org