20 November, 2009
Volume 14 No. 47

In This Issue

IAS/PCMI Applications and Information, Summer 2010

Hard Problems

Mathematical Paintings of Crockett Johnson


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PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week

Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 1

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 2

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

Resources & Strategies for Effective Math in Context (MiC) Implementation, Courses 1, 2, 3, and 4

Problem Solving Strategies


Free Online

Tools for Building Math Concepts

For PA teachers preparing for the Praxis II:
Moving to Mathematics, a series of online courses


IAS/PCMI Applications and Information, Summer 2010


The 2010 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute will be held in Park City, Utah, from June 27–July 17, 2010. This three-week residential program is organized into seven groups:

  • Clay Senior Scholars in Residence
  • Graduate Summer School
  • International Seminar in Mathematics Education
  • Research Program in Mathematics
  • Secondary School Teachers Program
  • Undergraduate Faculty Program
  • Undergraduate Summer School

These groups meet simultaneously, pursuing both individual courses of study and a meaningful amount of interaction. The rich mathematical experience combined with interaction among all participants results in greatly increased understanding and awareness of the issues confronting mathematics and mathematics education today.

The research topic for 2010 is "Image Processing" and the education topic is "Making Mathematical Connections."

Teachers are given full support and a stipend during the Summer Session. In addition, 6 quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington for a nominal fee.


Learn more about the Secondary School Teachers Program by viewing the information posted from previous years on the PCMI@MathForum site:


Deadline for submission of applications is January 31, 2010. The IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute is an outreach program of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey.

Hard Problems


Hard Problems is a feature documentary about the students who represented the United States at the 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). We featured the site before the movie was first released in January, 2008.

The film is now being broadcast on public television stations around the country, beginning this fall and continuing through 2013. For a list of air dates, see:


Mathematical Paintings of Crockett Johnson


David Crockett Johnson was perhaps most famous for his children's book Harold and the Purple Crayon. From 1965 until his death in 1975, Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American History. They are presented on this site, with related diagrams from the artist's library and papers.


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