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3 February 1997 Vol. 2, No. 5 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS MathMol | Elementary Teachers' Place | Ability Grouping MATHMOL - K-12 MATHEMATICS AND MOLECULES http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/ Molecular Modeling is one of the fastest-growing fields in science. It may vary from building and visualizing molecules to performing complex calculations on molecular systems. Using molecular modeling, scientists will be better able to design new and more potent drugs against diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and arthritis, and to produce new materials for the optics, ceramic, semiconductor and biomaterials markets. MathMol is designed to serve as a starting point for K-12 students and teachers interested in the field of molecular modeling and its application to mathematics. Mathmol's K-12 Page features online interactive activities for students and teachers: - MathMol Quick Tour: Why the Math in MathMol conic sections geometric figures linear equations periodic functions symmetry - Libraries of 3-D Geometric and Molecular Structures - Hypermedia Textbooks for Grades 3-5 and 6-12 - Water Module for K-12 Students - Careers of the Future http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/K_12.html MathMol is being developed at the NYU/ACF Scientific Visualization Laboratory -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS' PLACE http://mathforum.org/teachers/elem/ Elementary school teachers now have their own special pages at the Math Forum. We've gathered the better Internet resources available for you to use in your classroom and for your professional development. A customized search interface allows easy locating of materials both at our site and elsewhere on the Internet. We offer you: - Highlighted Math Forum projects and activities - Problems and puzzles - Lesson plan sites and units - Fun sites for kids - Software - Discussion groups for teachers - Articles and publications - Professional organizations -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ABILITY GROUPING IN MATH CLASSES Is there research on the pros and cons of ability grouping in math? I would like to hear what others have to say. - Jeanne Day Hi Jeanne, We invite you to check the Web for existing discussions, articles, and materials relating to math grouping. For starters, there have been two relevant discussions on the geometry.pre-college newsgroup. You can find them by doing a search on the keyword "grouping" (just the word, not the quotes) in the Forum's newsgroup searcher: http://mathforum.org/newsgrepform.html In addition to searching, you can browse our collection of what we think are some of the best resources on this topic: GROUPING STUDENTS IN MATH CLASSES http://mathforum.org/mathed/math.grouping.html We also suggest you post your message on a newsgroup or mailing list inhabited by other teachers talking and thinking about math education. NCTM-L might be a good place to begin. For information on math and mathed discussions hosted by the Math Forum and others see: http://mathforum.org/discussions.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problem of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow2/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ | \ / | / \ / \ |

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