In This Issue
Summer Problems of the Week
WolframAlpha
The Handley Math Page
Special Offer through June 30, 2009 on Problems of the Week class, school, or district memberships when you add a PD online course!
Online PD
The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process
PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation
Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week
Problem Solving in Geometry
and Measurement, Course 1
Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
Resources & Strategies for Effective Math in Context (MiC) Implementation
Problem Solving Strategies
Tools for Building Math Concepts
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Summer Problems of the Week
http://mathforum.org/pow/
Every two weeks from June through August, we will continue to
post challenging word problems and accept solutions to them. We
encourage teachers with class, school, or district memberships
to design summer projects that draw on Current Problems or past
PoWs, such as the selection from the Problems of the Week
Library highlighted in our May 15th issue:
http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/mf.intnews14.20.html
We will have only a few volunteers doing mentoring; and our
responses will otherwise be scaled back as we get ready for a
new series of problems at the end of August.
Trial Class Accounts are available:
http://mathforum.org/products/
WolframAlpha
http://www.wolframalpha.com/
Wolfram's new computational knowledge engine, built with its own Mathematica software,
"computes whatever can be computed about anything:"
 life expectancy France 1910
 _al__la__ [Crosswords: find words matching that pattern]
 St. Louis Cardinals hits
 second cousin once removed
 mortgage
 area Ukraine
 Michigan lottery
 8_1 knot
 third Tuesday in April
 San Francisco to Tokyo
 sounds like Rubin
 integer partitions of 10
In short, you should be able to query Alpha about "essentially any kind of systematic
factual knowledge," with particular strengths in "areas where
computation or mathematics have traditionally had a more
significant role, or where knowledge is more readily
quantitative."
Maria Andersen, whose Teaching College Math blog we have
previously featured here, has two recent posts on
WolframAlpha. One gives examples you can use to explore the
power of the engine:
http://teachingcollegemath.com/?p=1019
The other discusses her views of its possible impact on math
education at the college level:
http://teachingcollegemath.com/?p=998
Wolfram Education Portal
http://www.wolfram.com/edu/
Wolfram has developed this portal as a way to access their
precollege Demonstrations by grade level and subject, as well
as by searching. The site offers help and related resources:
 information for teachers, parents, and students
 videos and screencasts
 related links
Demonstrations are freely available, interactive, opencode
"miniapplications."
The Handley Math Page
http://wwwprod.pen.k12.va.us/Div/Winchester/jhhs/math/mhome.html
For almost 40 years, David Pleacher challenged his high school math students with word problems that he wrote himself. From 1998 until his retirement in 2006, Pleacher posted his puzzles online, with solutions and names of students who correctly solved them. Here is a chronological listing:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/Div/Winchester/jhhs/math/probweek/problog.html
The Handley Math Page also houses:
 lesson plans and worksheets
 math poems and songs
 math quotes
 math facts (tables and lists about numbers, algebra,
geometry, and trigonometry, some in Spanish)
 interactive puzzles
 math humor


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