June 20, 2008
Volume 13 No. 25

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AMS Mathematical Moments: New Look and Sound


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Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

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  • Building Pangaea
  • Germination
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  • Fraction Artist
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Interactives from Annenberg Media provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students' skills.

Math Interactives:

  • Geometry 3D Shapes (Grades 6-8)
  • Math in Daily Life (Grades 9-12)
  • Metric Conversions (Grades 6-8)
  • Statistics (Grades 9-12)

Science Interactives:

  • Amusement Park Physics (Grades 9-12)
  • DNA (Grades 9-12)
  • Dynamic Earth (Grades 7-9)
  • Garbage (Grades 9-12)
  • The Periodic Table (Grades 9-12)
  • Rock Cycle (Grades 7-9)
  • Volcanoes (Grades 9-12)
  • Weather (Grades 9-12)

AMS Mathematical Moments: New Look and Sound


The Mathematical Moments webpage has a new look and lots of new sounds. The page, featuring explanations of almost 70 modern applications of mathematics, has been restructured so that users can search by area of application, language, and format.

In addition, the page has several new podcasts in which experts talk about how mathematics enables them to find solutions. For example,

  • Kevin Short (University of New Hampshire) talks about winning a Grammy in 2008 for helping digitize a long-lost live recording of Woody Guthrie.
  • Ken Golden (University of Utah) relates adventures he's had traveling to extreme locations to gather data for his sea ice research.
  • Eva K. Lee (Georgia Institute of Technology) explains how she used math to develop more effective cancer treatments.
  • Don Saari (University of California, Irvine) discusses how mathematics relates to voting.

The Mathematical Moments program of the American Mathematical Society promotes appreciation and understanding of the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology, and human culture.


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