**February, 1999**

BACK TO CONTENTSDate: Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 17:25:05 -0500 (EST) From: Stacey Bearden stacey@mathforum.org To: All Dr. Math Doctors Subject: Dr. Math in February =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Ask Dr. Math Newsletter February, 1999 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Greetings Math Doctors, and welcome to the month of March! Our stats for February: *************************** 5450 -- incoming questions 1825 -- answered questions 33.5 -- percentage answered *************************** Great job, folks. Those numbers look pretty familiar; I think we're keeping up just fine. News direct from master archivist Sarah Seastone: =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 105 new answers were added to the Dr. Math archives during February. -=- -=- -=- Robert L. "Dr. Rob" Ward has created three more new analytic geometry formula units: New Table of Contents http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.formulas.html Polar Formulas http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/formulas/faq.polar.html Cylindrical Formulas http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/formulas/faq.cylindrical.html Spherical Formulas. http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/formulas/faq.spherical.html -=- -=- -=- Here's a suggestion for doctors who are including URLs in their answers. Although it's not essential, we'd like to encourage you to identify pages for which you're giving an address - first, because it's a courtesy to the author of the page, and then because if the URL changes, citing the author or the site gives the archivists clues for searching for a new location or a replacement. Examples: Roman Calendar (James Grout, SPQR: Encyclopaedia Romana) http://www.ancientsites.com/as/er/romankalendar.html Calendopaedia - The Roman Calendar (Michael Astbury) http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/7671/roman.htm Larry Freeman's Calendar Origins Page http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/Larry_Freeman/calendar.htm -=- -=- -=- Many doctors will have noticed that the CRC Encyclopedia of Mathematics (former Eric's Treasure Trove of Mathematics) is blocking portions of its site on a rotating basis. We should probably avoid sending students URLs for that site without including a short quote (within fair use guidelines and for educational purposes only) from the relevant page. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= On to the THANK YOU notes.. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Hi... No question here...I just wanted to thank you. Really. From the bottom of my heart. I write teacher's editions for K-12 science texts, and got called by my publisher yesterday. Seems they'd lost my references for a bit about Descartes and spirals. I'm not nearly knowledgeable enough about math to have written this bit off the cuff, so I knew it came from SOMEWHERE. Off I went to the library on a search for the elusive I'll-know-it-when-I-see-it book. No luck. Surely, I thought, one of these other 427 books will have SOMETHING about Descartes and spirals. Hah! So I hit the Net. Thinking, of course, that this would take HOURS. Instead, I found what I was looking for right here, right away. Now all I have to do is get a cartridge for my damn printer, and I'm golden. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! ************************ You saved me days by providing the cubic polynomial solution in the net! Thank you. Regards,Tay ************************ for Dr. Pete: Thank you very much for helping me! I understand the problem much better now. I'm very grateful! Sincerely, Marlin ************************ for Dr. Peterson: Thank you very much for your help with my math problem. It helped me tremendously. THANK YOU! ************************ for Dr. Jaime: Thank You SO much! The info you gave me realy helped, thanks. Jon ************************ for Dr. Wilkinson: Thanks a lot Dr. Wilkinson, that really helped a lot. Thank you very much. ************************ for Dr. Jerry: Thanks a bunch doc. I will check out those resources you gave me. Your response is much appreciated. - John ************************ Dear Dr. Anthony, Thank you for the quick response to my question and for the great example. I enjoy your web page. Yours Truly, Annalee Wiswell ************************ for Dr. Micah: Dear Dr. Math, Thank you so much for your help! This is a great service... we really appreciate the time you took to answer our physics question. Jenny and Diana ************************ for Dr. Nick: Thank you so much for your time...I am getting back to my project now. I am going to show your answer to my teacher so other kids can also get help :) :) ************************ for Dr. Gregory: Thank You! You've opened my eyes, and assisted me in dusting off the cobwebs in my mind! Thanx again! :) ************************ Thank you for the wonderful information. I was assigned a project about proving the Pythagorean Thereom and your site gave me all the info that I needed. I really appreciate the help and wanted to express that. Thanks again! ************************ for Dr. Schwa: Thank you so much for all of your help! Hopefully I will be able to understand them on my own and then I will do well on my test next Tuesday. ************************ for Dr. Stacey: THANK YOU VERY MUCH ! ************************ That's it for the thank-yous and praises. I must apologize; I haven't yet sent out the thank-you notes to their recipients for February. Watch your inboxes in the coming week and keep up the great work for the month of March! Dr. Stacey Doctor Math Administrator The Math Forum