28 December, 2012
Volume 17 No. 52
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Visual Patterns

2012 in Numbers


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

"Eric C. and Mitchell Z., both of Highlands Elementary, make some lists of possible distances. It's a different form of guess and check, and they both reached their conclusion in slightly different ways. Some students made their jobs easier by dividing. Still another variation involved finding the average speed...."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's latest solution

Visual Patterns


Middle school math teacher Fawn Nguyen has just launched a site of visual patterns. Challenge your students to extend her patterns and express them algebraically by following the prompts on the accompanying hand-out.

Nguyen recently reflected on her use of the Problems of the Week in another Forum newsletter — the quarterly PoWerful Ideas. Check out her "Teachers' Corner":


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Here are the ratings through week 16. The predictions earlier in the season weren't really very good, but lately they've been outperforming those of Elliot Harrison on his nfl.com blog."
- Scott, posted to the comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica discussion

2012 in Numbers


The journal Nature has posted a "numerical guide to the year's scientific events." Scroll down the page for a quantitative look at the year's developments in science, with links to corresponding Nature articles.

Topics include

  • Creatures Great and Small
  • Drilling the Depths
  • Human Limits
  • Nuclear Power after Fukushima
  • Physics Wins Big
  • The Solar System and Beyond
  • Unveiling the Human Encyclopaedia
  • Research under Threat


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