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August 22 2005 Vol. 10, No. 34 THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS Problems of the Week Kung Fu Science | Grants for Mathematicians and Math Educators MATH FORUM @ DREXEL: PROBLEMS OF THE WEEK http://mathforum.org/pow/ Changes are coming to our Problems of the Week. Our goal remains the same: to engage students in non-routine, open-ended mathematics investigations based on the NCTM Standards in math topics, while encouraging clear mathematical communication. Our new year of PoWs began on Monday, August 22, 2005, with new problems in Pre-Algebra and Geometry. The Math Fundamentals and Algebra PoWs start on Monday, August 29. We are offering these four bi-weekly problems -- with answer checks so that students and teachers can see if they are on the right track -- for free until mid-September: - Math Fundamentals http://mathforum.org/funpow/ - Pre-Algebra http://mathforum.org/prealgpow/ - Algebra http://mathforum.org/algpow/ - Geometry http://mathforum.org/geopow/ Until then, students may also ask for free mentoring, often available from trained volunteers and, less frequently, mentor groups (usually, pre-service teachers). Students may also subscribe for Priority Mentoring, and receive prompt and thorough feedback on their work. When a PoW closes, students will be able to view its full solution for two weeks. By the end of September, the Current Problems of the Week will be available only to members. A $20 membership gives you access to all of the new Current Problems of the Week (Math Fundamentals, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry) as well as to the Active Problem Library, with over 800 problems, solutions, and teacher support materials. With a membership, your students will be able to submit to the current problems and be eligible when there is mentoring available from our trained volunteers. http://mathforum.org/pow/powcharges.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- KUNG FU SCIENCE - INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS http://www.kungfuscience.org/ Watch martial artist Chris Crudelli demonstrate to physicist Michelle Cain how a wooden plank can be broken with one strike of a bare hand. Before actually attempting the feat herself, Cain applies Newton's laws and the conservation of energy to calculate how many Joules of energy she needs to transfer to the board in order to break it. Chris and Michelle also talk about how speed, body mass, surface area, and the grain of the wood affect this stunt. The site was written, produced, and directed by Sam Rae on behalf of the Institute of Physics as part of Einstein Year. Flash is required. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- GRANTS FOR MATHEMATICIANS AND MATH EDUCATORS http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3math.htm Jon Harrison, Social Sciences Collections Coordinator, Michigan State University Libraries, offers a collection of web sites, databases, and books that provide mathematicians with grants, scholarships, fellowships, awards, competitions, and other sources of funding. \|/ NCTM: GRANTS AND AWARDS http://www.nctm.org/about/grants.htm The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) web site lists a variety of grant and award opportunities available to mathematics educators. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum @ Drexel http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/kb/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors Donations http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1_MF.asp Ask Dr. Math Books http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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