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October 3 2005 Vol. 10, No. 40 THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS Teacher2Teacher FAQ: Metric Week MathSongs | Developer's Guide to Excelets TEACHER2TEACHER FAQ: METRIC WEEK http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.metric.html As students start to understand the structure of the base 10 number system, it is important to provide opportunities for them to apply what they have learned. During the week of October 10 (i.e., 10/10) classrooms can participate in "Metric Week" by investigating measurement, measurement systems, place value, and decimals using real-world contexts. If you are looking for some ways to celebrate math in your math class, introduce or reinforce the metric system, or if you would like to suggest some school-wide thematic activities, you are certain to find ideas on this page to help you design a Metric Week that students will enjoy. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHSONGS http://www.mscc.edu/webs/vyoung/songs/intro.htm Vicki Young, Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg, Tennessee, uses math songs and poems to motivate her mathematics students. Young writes, "My students get used to their crazy singing teacher and sometimes I can even get them to sing along! If you have RealPlayer on your computer, you should be able to hear me sing an a cappella version of each song." -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- DEVELOPER'S GUIDE TO EXCELETS http://academic.pgcc.edu/~ssinex/excelets/ Scott Sinex, Prince George's Community College, Largo, Maryland, provides information on creating Excelets. Excelets are interactive Excel spreadsheets or simulations of mathematical models. The user changes a variable and the spreadsheet changes in numerical, graphical, and/or even symbolic form (equations). Examples include: - interactive features tour - flipping pennies - fractions - radioactive decay - derivatives - ideal gas law Sinex also provides the guide "Using Excel for Handling, Graphing, and Analyzing Scientific Data: A Resource for Science and Mathematics Students." Download the PDF here: http://academic.pgcc.edu/psc/Excel_booklet.pdf -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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