4 May, 2012
Volume 17 No. 18
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Math Forum Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM


AMS Mathematical Moments


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Math Forum Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM


Did you miss us in the Sponsor Display area at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)? Maybe you found us in the Exhibit Hall at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), but you would like additional copies of our handouts?

Feel free to access the printed matter (in PDF format) distributed recently at our Philadelphia booths, including information on our Professional Development program and samples from our Problems of the Week program.

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

"The most common rationale students gave for who would have more money in the long run went something like, 'Yes, because eventually 10% of 1,000 (Bill's investment) will exceed adding $1,000 each year (Curtis).' Avery from Hershey Middle School took the calculations a bit farther, adding 'Eventually, 10% of Bill's retirement money may be more than $1000, but his total would have to be $10,000, and he may or may not retire that late.' If you weren't sure how to calculate Bill's total just given the year, you could do what Adam S. of Highlands Elementary School did, which is write a rule to calculate Bill's total based on last year's total."
- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution



A free site with videos to help students with math homework, challenge them with new problems, and build their confidence debuted at the NCTM annual meeting last week.

myMathUniverse supports Pearson's new middle grades math program, digits, a curriculum written entirely to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which leverages technology to personalize student learning and optimize class instructional time.

Featuring actress Danica McKellar, author of Math Doesn't Suck and the forthcoming Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, myMathUniverse also includes the channels

  • The Rappin' Mathematician, fun videos created by 2009 California Teacher of the Year Alex Kajitan with rap songs about core math concepts
  • Alley Oop, online activities for learning math concepts and free tutoring from math experts
  • Manga High, a collection of casual online math games developed using the Japanese manga style of animation
  • Virtual Nerd, which lets students choose their own path through math content with step-by-step tutorials and a dynamic whiteboard

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I see a lot of math-ed connections with next month's transit of Venus. One can today probably achieve impressive accuracy on measuring the distance to Venus, and hence, of the length of 1 AU, by having two widely separated observers each make a single, simultaneous, hydrogen-alpha image of the sun and the dot of Venus on its face. Obviously, we can now directly measure the distance to Venus or Mars by using radar or even our own spacecraft. But I still think this is a neat idea. After all, this is why Captain Cook went to the Pacific Ocean!"
- Guy, posted to the mathedcc discussion group

AMS Mathematical Moments


The American Mathematical Society now boasts over 100 Mathematical Moments. Each free PDF sheet describes how mathematics helps solve a problem in science, nature, technology, or human culture.

The latest Mathematical Moments include

  • Describing the Oceans
  • Making Movies Come Alive
  • Designing Aircraft
  • Securing Internet Communication
  • Deciphering DNA

The web portal also offers podcast interviews with experts in these applied mathematical topics, some of which are translated into Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Greek, and Russian.


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