Math Forum Internet News

Volume 2, Number 4

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27 January 1997                             Vol. 2, No. 4

               THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

The CHANCE Database | AMTE Discussions | Math Software Searches


                    THE CHANCE DATABASE

     "I am doing a project on probability and lottery
  numbers. For the past two days I have been searching the
  WWW for information on this topic, but I have found none."

     "I am an 8th grade math teacher in Boston, and I am
  developing a series of lessons on how statistics can be
  manipulated to show whatever the presenter wants them to
  show.  However, I have not been very successful in finding
  a wide variety of examples of statistical manipulation..."

                     . . . . . . . . . .

An excellent resource for probability and statistics is the
CHANCE Database:

     http://www.geom.umn.edu/docs/education/chance/

If you use the CHANCE database searcher to do a keyword 
search for 'lottery' (just the word, not the quotes),
you'll get back lots of items.  Here are just a few:

     - The lottery - "Birthdays blight hope of lottery
       jackpots..."

     - Sample topics - Descriptive statistics,
       Correlation and Regression, Measurements,
       Polls and Surveys...

     - Probability articles - Chance of rain, How 
       numbers can trick you, and many more.

There are also answers to questions about the lottery,
probability, and statistics in our Dr. Math archives. 
To look for the keyword 'lottery' use the Searcher at

         http://mathforum.org/dr.math/

 == Lottery: A tax for the mathematically incompetent. ==


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                  MATH SOFTWARE ON THE INTERNET

  The MATH FORUM has four major areas devoted to math software:

- Math Software ARCHIVES
  http://mathforum.org/mathed/math.software.archives.html
  The biggest and best sites for finding all kinds of math 
  software.

- Math Software REVIEWS
  http://mathforum.org/mathed/math.software.reviews.html
  A short list of sites with mathematics computer software 
  reviews.

- Math SHAREWARE and FREEWARE (by TOPIC)
  http://mathforum.org/shareware/shareware.by.topic.html
  Publicly distributed software for algebra, arithmetic, 
  calculus, geometry, pre-calculus, general math and teaching 
  aids.

- Commercial PUBLISHERS and VENDORS
  http://mathforum.org/mathed/math.commercial.software.html
  Links to Web sites that offer popular or noteworthy
  commercial programs.


  If you still don't find what you're looking for in these 
  lists, search the Forum's Internet Resource Collection:

    http://mathforum.org/~steve/mathall.search.html

  Select the Grade Level or Math Topic you're interested in, 
  under Type of Resource check the box for Software, and submit
  your search.


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                     AMTE DISCUSSION LIST

The AMTE mailing list, run by the Association of Mathematics 
Teacher Educators, has featured an interesting discussion
about integrating a writing assignment on poetry into the 
math classroom. Ted Panitz of Cape Cod Community College 
in W. Barnstable, Massachusetts began the conversation:  

   WRITING ASSIGNMENT - THERE IS A POET IN ALL OF US:

 "I would like you to write a poem about math. You may use 
  any form of poetry you wish such as free verse, rhyming, 
  haiku or any other form you prefer. You may write about 
  your experiences with math in this class or other classes, 
  your feelings about math or problems you are having, or 
  a math problem, if one can be translated into poetry..."


This discussion and others from the AMTE list are archived by
the Math Forum. Since Internet conversations often go off in
several directions under different subject headings, you can
use the Forum's full-text search to identify all of the
relevant threads. In this case select the link at the top of
the archive - 'Search amte' - and enter the keyword 'poet'.

     http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte


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