18 November, 2011
Volume 16 No. 46
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"What Math Means to Me" Art Contest Voting Has Begun

Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2012

Reel Math Video Contest Voting Has Begun


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"What Math Means to Me" Art Contest Voting Has Begun


McGraw-Hill has announced the finalists of its "What Math Means to Me" art contest. Come see and vote for the student artwork that will appear on the cover of this new math program — and which teachers will win $174,000 in classroom resources.

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

"I got a bit stuck when trying to find all the different routes but that was only because I was a bit rusty on how to find all the combinations. I have definitely answered problems like this previously, especially in MCAS (the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System). I knew first off that I needed to multiply something to find the answer but at first I wasn't sure what...."
- Rachel, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2012


The Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has begun accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Session of IAS/PCMI, a three-week residential program taking place in Park City, Utah, from July 1 - July 21, 2012.

Teachers receive 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.

To learn more about the Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), visit


The Math Forum hosts information on PCMI's K-12 programs here, including SSTP working sites dating back to 2001:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Good problems spur good discussions. 1973 AB Calculus Exam question #23 provides such discussion. We have started to call some of these problems 'stealth' problems because some of the parts are missing or don't appear in function form.... I would love to hear about other favorite DQ problems (definition of a derivative) as well."
- James, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Reel Math Video Contest Voting Has Begun


The video contest run by MATHCOUNTS has opened to public voting. Come check out the clips, each of which runs less than five minutes.

US resident in grades six through eight can still enter the contest, which challenges students to create a video that uses a real-world application to teach the math concept in a problem of their choosing from the 2011-12 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, freely available for download here:



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