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Volume 1, Number 12

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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.

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        |       OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WEB SITE       |
        |       http://www.ams.org/amsmtgs/        |
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        | INFO ON SELECTED SESSIONS (AT THE FORUM) |
        | http://mathforum.org/mathed/jm97/ |
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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.


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              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.

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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


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        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


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