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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! ______ ______ /\ \ \ /\ \ \ /\_\_\ \ / \__\__\ \ / / / \ / / / \_/_// \/__/__/ 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! -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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 -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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! ______________________________________________ | | | 'You can't fatten a hog by weighing it.' | | 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 | |______________________________________________| 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 -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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/ (Steve's Dump) SEND COMMENTS TO the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors TO SUBSCRIBE: Send a message to majordomo@mathforum.org - leave the subject line blank - and write in the body subscribe newsletter _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ | \ / | / \ / \ |

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