October 19, 2007
Volume 12 No. 42

In This Issue

Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge

Hard Problems

Virtual Math Lab


Free Online

For teachers of students in grades 3-5:
Tools for Building Math Concepts

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

For all students:

For students in grades 9-10:
the MathMentor


Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge


The annual Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge encourages cutting-edge efforts to visualize scientific data.

Co-sponsors Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF) select winners in each of five categories: photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, interactive media and non-interactive media. Entries for 2008 are being solicited now.

More information is available on the NSF site:

  • Challenge Synopsis
  • Winners: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003
  • Guidelines
  • Evaluation
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Classroom Resources

Hard Problems


Hard Problems is a feature documentary about the students who represented the United States at the 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

The film shows the dedication and perseverance of the six American high school students, the rigorous preparation they undertake, their individuality, and the joy they get out of solving challenging problems in competition with 500 others from 90 countries in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Above all, Hard Problems captures the spirit of math competitions at the highest level.

The 90-minute production, filmed in high definition, will premiere in January, 2008.

Virtual Math Lab - West Texas A&M University


Kim Peppard, with the assistance of Jennifer Puckett, has written online tutorials covering

  • College Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Beginning Algebra
  • GRE Math Study Session
  • Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) and ACCUPLACER Math Study Session

The tutorials were created as a service to anyone who needs help in these areas of mathematics. First time users are encouraged to review the Guides for each tutorial to learn how they are set up.

Each tutorial includes:

  • definitions
  • formulas
  • illustrations
  • step-by-step examples
  • an introduction with a link to a relevant comic strip
  • practice problems and tests with answer keys
  • resource guides
  • a section called "Need Extra Help on These Topics?"


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