15 October, 2010
Volume 15 No. 42
 
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Teach Financial Literacy through Mathematics

Math Events in October

Talk to Wolfram|Alpha in TeX

 


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Teach Financial Literacy through Mathematics

http://www.lessonplanet.com/article/math/teach-financial-literacy-through-mathematics

These lesson plans incorporate financial education in mathematics classes. Author Donna Iadipaolo, the Math Guide on Lesson Planet, participated in the Math Forum's recent Numeracy and Financial Education Summer Institute. You can read more about the Institute here:

http://mathforum.org/fl/institute2010/


Math Events in October

http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/?pa=mathNews&sa=view&newsId=970

Celebrate math in two ways this month.

A Gathering 4 Gardner, in celebration of the late Martin Gardner's birthday, will happen October 21. Gatherings will take place worldwide. Don't see one in the works near you? Use G4G's puzzles, illusions, games, and other resources to plan your own party! Read more here:

http://www.g4g-com.org/

As part of this celebration, The Mathematical Association of America and ThinkFun will host a reception on October 21 in Washington, DC. Featured speakers include Ivars Peterson, author of The Mathematical Tourist book and blog; ThinkFun's Bill Ritchie; Gardner biographer Dana Richards; puzzlist Eve Torrence, Professor of Mathematics at Randolph Macon College; and Chip Denman, of the National Capital Area Skeptics. Space is limited. Read more or RSVP at:

http://maa.org/pubs/G4G2010.html

The second event is the first-ever USA Science & Engineering Festival, a two-day expo held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, October 23-24. Over 500 organizations will participate, offering hundreds of hands-on activities. Look for the MAA's banner "Math is Everywhere" to play with Euler square puzzles, fold origami, and take interactive quizzes based on the AMC 8 contest.

http://www.usasciencefestival.org/

The Math Forum learned of these events from tweets by Math in the News, a service of MathDL, the Mathematical Sciences Digital Library.


Talk to Wolfram|Alpha in TeX

http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2010/09/30/talk-to-wolframalpha-in-tex/

W|A now accepts queries in TeX and LaTeX. Wolfram's computational knowledge engine also interprets these common typesetting languages interspersed with natural language.

 

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