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Volume 1, Number 4

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     28 October 1996                          Vol. 1, No. 4

      Typing Math  | MathMagic! | Alternative Assessment


                THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

                http://mathforum.org/


   TYPING MATH FOR THE INTERNET

   - How do I send an equation with an exponent to Dr. Math? 
   - Why do my ASCII drawings get scrambled on the way to
       the Geometry Problem of the Week?
   - What's wrong with typing 1/2x ?

   Answers to these questions and many more will be found at

     http://mathforum.org/typesetting/


   It's not all that easy to write math for the Internet.
   There's no standard method for representing math
   notation on the Web, and there are even fewer ways of
   communicating about math via e-mail. 

   We've put together a series of pages designed to help
   you make the right choices for your particular needs:


   - MATH FOR E-MAIL, NEWSGROUPS, WEB FORMS

       ASCII Notation:  4 squared         -  4^2
                        square root of 4  -  sqrt(4)


       ASCII Pictures:  Not this...     This!
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                            /\ \ \     /\  \  \   
                         /\_\_\ \     /  \__\__\  
                           \ / / /    \  /  /  /  
                        \_/_//         \/__/__/   


     http://mathforum.org/typesetting/email.html
     http://mathforum.org/typesetting/ascii.examples.html
     http://mathforum.org/typesetting/ascii.pictures.html


   - MATH NOTATION IN WEB PAGES: Making math expressions into
     images, working with HTML code, other proposed solutions:

     http://mathforum.org/typesetting/web.choices.html


       Stay tuned - many people are working on ways to make 
       mathematical notation easier to display on the Web!


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   FEATURED INTERNET RESOURCE: MATHMAGIC!

   http://mathforum.org/mathmagic/

       "Tina has 3 shirts, red, blue, and yellow, and 
        2 skirts, black and white. Each day she wears a 
        different shirt with a different skirt. How many
        days can she do this before she has to repeat? 
        Draw a tree."  (K-3)

   MathMagic is a K-12 telecommunications project designed 
   to motivate students to use computer technology while 
   increasing problem-solving strategies and communications 
   skills. Registered pairs of teams work together to solve
   posted challenges in each of four categories - K-3, 4-6, 
   7-9, and 10-12. When an agreement has been reached, one 
   solution is posted for every pair. 

   The program is primarily for K-12 teachers and students, 
   but higher education teachers, librarians, technology 
   coordinators, computer teachers, and even home-schoolers 
   are joining to act as facilitators.

   Any teacher with access to electronic mail via the Internet 
   can participate. The Math Forum hosts the MathMagic Web
   site; find out how to register and subscribe at

     http://mathforum.org/mathmagic/subscribe.html


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   FROM THE EMAILBAG - AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT

     My high school is working on writing an authentic 
     assessment for each math course we offer.  Can you
     help us find Internet materials?  Thanks!

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     |   So said a farmer to a governor at a        |
     |   public hearing in order to explain in      |
     |   plain language the dilemma of educational  |
     |   assessment.                                |
     |      - From "Measuring What Counts"          |
     |   http://www.nas.edu/mseb/measure/exe.html   |
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   The Math Forum's MATH EDUCATION section features a
   page on alternative assessment with links to the NCTM 
   Standards, sessions on assessment at the San Diego 
   and Orlando math meetings, and a bibliography of 
   Selected Books and Articles, many of them on the Web:

     http://mathforum.org/mathed/assessment.html

   Look for more pages by searching our site for ASSESSMENT:
   
     http://mathforum.org/grepform.html

   You'll find a Forum bibliography of materials on
   alternative instruction and alternative, performance-
   based assessment at
   
     http://mathforum.org/~sarah/Discussion.Sessions/
     biblio.assessment.html


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