3 June, 2011
Volume 16 No. 22
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Math Forum Special Offer

Summer Problems of the Week

Museum of Math Inaugural Memberships at Math Midway


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Math Forum Special Offer


Get a class account to the Problems of the Week for only $25 when you purchase and complete any Summer Online Professional Development course. That's a 42% savings!

Upcoming courses include

  • PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation
  • Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra...one step at a time
  • Learning from Student Work: Make the Most of Your PoW Membership
  • Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners

Your PoW class membership will begin when the course starts and it won't expire until June 30, 2012.


PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"At first glance at the question with My, we thought it would be easy, since it required one question and a simple enough diagram. However, looks can be deceiving when we soon discovered that it required deep thinking...."
- Kenny and My, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

Summer Problems of the Week


Every two weeks from June through August, the Math Forum 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 seasonal selection from the Problems of the Week Library highlighted in these pages before:


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:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"The one junior I have left in AP Statistics came charging into my room this morning. He said something to the effect of, 'My life has been changed -- and in a bad way.' A discussion was taking place in his 1st period class about the merits of statistics and how it was simply 'invented' when it would be useful, but that calculus is far superior as it was 'discovered.' I'm looking for some back-up from all of you who have more experience than I do comparing the two subjects. My argument is that it was all 'invented.' Integrals did not fall down on us from the heavens. Neither did linear regression."
- Heather, posted to the ap-stat discussion

Museum of Math Inaugural Memberships at Math Midway


The Museum of Math's first memberships will go on sale at the World Science Festival Street Fair in New York City on June 5, 2011. These advance annual memberships entitle you to unlimited visits throughout the year once doors open at the 19,000 square foot facility near New York City's Madison Square Park, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012.

Starting at discounted rates as low as $36 during this kick-off celebration, Sunday's sale represents your first opportunity to become a member of the nation's only museum of math.

Come to the festival street fair for your MoMath inaugural membership and t-shirt, then transform yourself in front of the Math Midway's mind-bending mirrors, collect souvenir math coins, and check out the cool interactive exhibits:

  • ride the square-wheeled tricycle
  • play the organ function grinder
  • spin the Universal Wheel of Chance
  • dare to challenge the Ring of Fire



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