Math Forum Internet News

Volume 2, Number 5

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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 


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             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


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               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


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