2 July, 2010
Volume 15 No. 27

In This Issue

Math Forum PD Special Extended

Summer Fermi League

Special Functions in Wolfram|Alpha

Toshiba America Foundation Grants


Online PD

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

Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

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


Math Forum Professional Development Special Extended


Many of you have contacted us about the Professional Development Special and we are extending it so that you have more time to take advantage of this during the summer and, in some cases, get school support. If you purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership in the Problems of the Week at the Class level or higher, you can sign up for any of our Professional Development courses for $70--a savings of $79 off the regular price.

Summer Fermi League


The Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League is an Internet-based math competition appropriate for enrichment, small group work, and individuals wanting creative, technology-rich experiences in the summer.

In its 12th year, the Fermi Math League is open to students world-wide. The four-week Summer '10 season of Fermi Math starts Monday, July 12.

Details of the program:

  • Cost: $50 per student per team
  • Students may work solo, or in teams up to four
  • Divisions for grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 plus 7-9 regular and 7-9 "web designer" division
  • All work done on the Internet via email
  • Model archive is available online to registered students and schools
  • Rules and tips are available to all online
  • Grade 1/2 problems are "family math" oriented—parents and kids as partners
  • Prizes: medals, ribbons, certificates, fame...

Student registration materials are now available for the Summer Session.

Special Functions in Wolfram|Alpha


Special functions describe a large number of phenomena in mathematical physics and other disciplines. Michael Trott posts here about Wolfram|Alpha's treatment of these functions. In particular, there are some with two forms: a simpler version that makes certain assumptions about a situation, and a more complex version that takes into account all the parameters of the situation. Wolfram|Alpha will compute either version.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants


Start thinking and planning now to apply for a grant for your classroom. The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to contribute to the quality of science and mathematics education in U.S. communities by investing in projects designed by classroom teachers.

Read about:

  • Featured Grants
  • How to Apply
  • For Teachers


Kindergarten–5th Grade Program
Applications are due October 1st.

6th–12th Grade Program
Applications accepted year round for grants under $5,000.
Applications are due August 1st and February 1st for grants over $5,000.


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