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PoW taking place: math problemsolving 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

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4157
Visual Patterns
http://www.visualpatterns.org/
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 handout.
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":
http://mathforum.org/blogs/powerfulideas/teacherscorner/

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.softsys.math.mathematica discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7944513
2012 in Numbers
http://www.nature.com/news/366days aninteractivejourneythrough2012innumbers1.12041
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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