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Volume 2, Number 19

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  12 May 1997                                 Vol. 2, No. 19

               THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

 Zimaths | Jobs in Mathematics | Help for Dynamic Geometry Users


         ZIMATHS - A MATHS JOURNAL FROM ZIMBABWE

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/3550/zimaths.htm

An electronic maths magazine "meant to educate Zimbabwean
schoolkids about the virtues of real maths, as opposed to
the spiceless variety taught in most schools." Articles are
written to supplement the resources available to Zimbabwean
students, most of whom do not have access to extra-syllabus
information. Many are clever and amusing. Features include:

   - How number plates and ISBNs work
   - Statistical chocolate making
   - Paul Erdos and me - a reminiscence
   - Chimbumu and Chikwama get out of jail
   - Introducing the ellipse
   - Measuring the height of a tree
   - Mathematics in World War Three

Begun in 1995 by two undergraduates, Tawanda Gwena and Dinoj
Surendran, and currently edited by Dr. Gavin Hitchcock, 
Zimaths involves nearly half the maths department at the 
University of Zimbabwe. 


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                      JOBS IN MATHEMATICS

  http://pascal.dartmouth.edu/~gdavis/policy/jobmarket.html

A site with information on: 

   - Skills employers are looking for in mathematicians
   - Statistics about the job market
   - Jobs and internships advertised on the Internet for 
     undergrads, grad students, and Ph.D.'s
   - Articles about current job market problems
   - Advice to departments for improving job prospects for
     math Ph.D.'s
   - Pointers to useful sites on science policy, tenure 
     reform, and immigration policy 

This site is maintained by Geoff Davis, Assistant Professor 
of Mathematics at Dartmouth College.


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              PUBLIC FORUMS FOR DYNAMIC GEOMETRY

  Dynamic geometry users will find support on public forums
  like the geometry newsgroups hosted by the Math Forum:

  http://mathforum.org/discussions/geometry.html

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    COORDINATE GEOMETRY USING THE GEOMETER'S SKETCHPAD

   "Am I able to graph equations using [this] software?"
                 - Tim O'Brien

See an answer from Nick Jackiw, the author of Sketchpad, by
searching the newsgroup geometry-pre-college for the words
"coordinate geometry" (just the words, not the quotes):

http://mathforum.org/epiquery/geometry-pre-college


                 ROTATIONS WITH SKETCHPAD

   "Does anyone know how to get something on Sketchpad
    to animate clockwise rather than counterclockwise?"
                 - Margaret Sinclair

Margaret got a speedy answer to her question.  Find out
how to rotate animations clockwise by searching
geometry-software-dynamic for the word "rotation":

http://mathforum.org/epiquery/geometry-software-dynamic

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    For information about the newsgroups and mailing
    lists hosted or recommended by the Math Forum, see

       http://mathforum.org/discussions.html


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