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23 December 1996 Vol. 1, No. 12 '97 Joint Math Meetings | Tangrams Web Unit | '96 ThinkQuest Finalists THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS AMS/MAA JOINT MATHEMATICS MEETINGS January 8-11, 1997 San Diego, California, U.S.A. +------------------------------------------+ | OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WEB SITE | | http://www.ams.org/amsmtgs/ | | | | INFO ON SELECTED SESSIONS (AT THE FORUM) | | http://mathforum.org/mathed/jm97/ | +------------------------------------------+ A great deal of information is available on the official Web site for this important upcoming conference. The Forum-hosted pages focus on the talks that are most important to the issues we address on our Web site. These include such subjects as College Standards, Math Education Reform, and Careers in Math. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TANGRAMS WEB UNIT - TOM SCAVO http://mathforum.org/trscavo/tangrams.html Tangrams help develop spatial-visualization skills, and may also be used to introduce or reinforce geometric concepts such as congruency, similarity, and symmetry. This unit for grades 4-6 uses tangrams to find the areas of polygons without employing formulas. Students construct their own tangrams, find the areas, and learn to calculate the area of any polygon made from tangrams. .::. .::. .::. The Math Forum is committed to being a resource built upon the activity of the teachers, students, and researchers who use it. We continue to experiment with the use of the Web for instruction and with involving Forum users in the creation of materials for this enormous Internet classroom. Teacher Tom Scavo's Tangrams unit is one example; you will find links to others on our Web Units page: http://mathforum.org/web.units.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 1996 THINKQUEST CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED http://io.advanced.org/tq96/winners96awards.html The 1996 finalists included two math projects in the category Science and Mathematics: First Place: The Science and Beauty of Fractals http://tqd.advanced.org/3288/ Fourth Place: Chaos and Fractals http://tqd.advanced.org/3703/ Congratulations on these excellent projects! RULES FOR THINKQUEST '97 (deadline: January 31, 1997) http://www.advanced.org/thinkquest/rules.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problem of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow2/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ | \ / | / \ / \ |

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