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The Math Forum at NCSM/NCTM
Are you attending the National Council of Supervisors of
Mathematics (NCSM) or National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM) conferences in Indianapolis this April?
Math Forum staff and associates will present sessions at both
conferences:

NCSM

Monday 9:30  10:30 (NCSM session 108)

Moving Your Faculty Towards Diagnostic Teaching, Formative
Assessment, and Individualized Instructional Techniques

Tuesday 10:00  11:00 (NCSM session 227)

Using ScreenCapture Movies to Assess Quadrilateral
Constructions in Sketchpad

Wednesday 11:15  12:15 (NCSM session 342)

Developing Leadership in Our Mathematics Community:
An Effective Model to Identify and Support Teacher Leaders
For more information on these NCSM workshop topics and details
of locations and presenters, see
http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2011/index.ncsm.html

NCTM

Thursday 11:00  12:00 (NCTM session 140)

Using Technology to Transform Students' Problem Solving
Experiences and Perspectives

Thursday 12:30  1:30 (NCTM session 173)

Using ScreenCapture Movies to Assess Quadrilateral
Constructions in Sketchpad

Friday 11:00  12:00 (NCTM session 436)

Transform Your Geometry Teaching with These Free
Online Resources
For more information on these NCTM workshop topics and details
of locations and presenters, see
http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2011/

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"Hayne, also from Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, used the
relationships a little differently, in a solution I thought was
particularly unique. Rather than use different variables for
rows, seeds per row, and total number of seeds, Hayne used
two variables...."

 Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=3920
Math Awareness Month
http://www.mathaware.org/
This April, the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month will be
Unraveling Complex Systems.
The human heart is a prime example of a complex system. John W.
Cain, a mathematician at Virginia Commonwealth University, has
just published a survey of six ongoing Challenge Problems in
mathematical cardiology. Cain's article emphasizes cardiac
electrophysiology — the electrical wave propagation in
heart tissue.
A major challenge that Cain identifies is striking a balance
between feasibility and complexity: minimize complications in the
model, so that it is amenable to mathematical analysis, but add
sufficient detail, so that the model reproduces as much
clinically relevant data as possible. The equations that govern
the model — nonlinear partial differential equations — cannot
be solved explicitly, and solutions must be obtained through
approximation by numerical methods. Adding further complications
are the intricate geometry of the heart, with its four chambers
and connections to veins and arteries, and the fact that
different types of cardiac tissue have different
conduction properties.
Download "Taking Math to Heart: Mathematical Challenges in
Cardiac Electrophysiology" from the April issue of the Notices
of the American Mathematical Society:
http://ams.org/notices/201104/rtx110400542p.pdf
Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint
Policy Board for Mathematics, a collaborative effort of the
American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical
Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Visit
mathaware.org for essays, linking icons, a poster, a sample
press release template, and more.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"As club advisor, I am chaperoning a group of students at a
conference of the National Society of Black Engineers in
St. Louis next week. I just found out that our hotel is right
next door to the Arch. Knowing that my teacher instincts will
kick in as soon as we are within sight of the monument, I'm
wondering if anyone has an introductory highschool lesson on
catenary curves that s/he would be willing to share...."

 Cynthia, posted to the apcalculus discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2246241
Summer C.A.M.P.
http://www.santafe.edu/education/schools/summercamp/
This summer, Groton School (Groton, Massachusetts) will be
hosting a program in complexity theory for high school students.
Offered in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute, Complexity
and Modeling Program (C.A.M.P.) is a novel immersion program
that introduces teens to complexity science scholarship.
Through individual projects, computer simulation activities,
analysis of ecological data, lectures and seminars, students
conduct research in this cutting edge field during an intensive
twoweek residential program.
Apply by March 31:
http://sficssc.myreviewroom.com/


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