Ask Dr. Math: The Math Doctors' Newsletter

by Ian Underwood

January, 2003

To: All Dr. Math Doctors
From: Ian Underwood 
Subject: Ask Dr. Math in January

Hi Math Doctors,

We're off to a flying start in 2003.  Of the 6338 questions that came in 
during January, we were able to answer 3636, or about 57%.  

More than 30 math doctors contributed answers this month, with 
special thanks going to the following:

 20/day |
        | Peterson
 15/day |
 10/day | Robert 
        | Tom
        | Rick
        | Greenie, Roy, Jerry
  5/day | Anthony, Kastner
        | Fenton, Wilkinson 
        | Douglas, Edwin
        | Jacques, Jeremiah 
        | Floor, Mike, Mitteldorf, Paul, Rob, Schwa
  1/wk  | Achilles, Mihir, Nitrogen, Pat, Pepper, Pete, 
          Shawn, White, Wigton 

Welcome to new math doctors Marshall and Hydrogen. And congratulations 
to newly tenured Doctors Edwin and Jacques.

Speaking of which, one of our priorities in the near future is to increase 
the number of active math doctors.  To that end, we've set up an online

that potential volunteers can use to get a sense for what kinds of things 
we're looking for in an answer, and whether Ask Dr. Math is a good match 
for their skills and temperaments.  

The tutorial starts by offering a list of sample questions.  The
applicant selects one and answers it.  Then the tutorial offers a
series of suggestions for possible revisions.  The final answer is
forwarded to us, and we contact the applicant with further

Of course, you should all feel free to go through the tutorial if you
want.  Or, if you'd rather just look through the content, you can browse
it at
In either case, I'd love to get feedback on any and all aspects of the
tutorial: mechanics, content, sample questions, appearance, or
anything else you'd like to comment on.

Also, from time to time, we get messages in triage from people who want
to volunteer.  I've added an item ('Volunteer') to the Canned Responses 
menu, which anyone can use to direct a potential volunteer to the
tutorial immediately, rather than making him wait until an administrator 
finds the message. 

That's it for January!  Go forth, be fruitful, and teach kids to

Dr. Ian
Attending Physician
Ask Dr. Math