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 December 30, 2016                              Vol. 21, No. 52


                      2017 Mathematics Game
        The Year's Top Math Stories | The Year in Science


                      2017 MATHEMATICS GAME


 The Math Forum's Year Game puzzle starts Sunday!

 Come challenge your students to write expressions for each of
 the counting numbers 1 through 100 using--

    - the digits in 2017;
    - the standard operations; and
    - grouping symbols.


    PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

 "At first, I forgot to add the last month in, but I remembered
 when I checked my answer.... This problem was the easiest for
 me because I could just do it in my head. This is what I did
 in my head: ..."

 - Tessa, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution


                   THE YEAR'S TOP MATH STORIES

 The American Mathematical Society (AMS) has selected ten
 developments -- and the human interest stories behind
 them -- that enjoyed significant media coverage in 2016.

 Several of these newsworthy mathematicians and their exploits
 will be familiar to readers of this newsletter. See, in
 particular, the "Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor" section by
 scrolling to the bottom of the AMS's top math stories.


    Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

 "Wow! This is so rich. I don't quite know where to begin....
 [S]o much of what has been expressed is so essential to
 creating the type of thinkers and citizens we need in this
 world.... We have a conflict between our purpose and our
 practice because we value what we are measuring instead of
 measuring what we value."

 - Chase, posted to Suzanne's blog

2016/12/29/ask-the-nctm-community/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- THE YEAR IN SCIENCE In 2016: The Year in Science, Nature has posted its annual selection of science "people, events, and discoveries that made a difference in 2016." The year 2016 gave us-- - the first-ever direct detection of gravity waves; - a final goodbye to Toughie, the planet's last Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog; - a crash-landing on Mars because of a measurement error; and - lessons from a 45-year study of extremely smart children. In addition to several book lists and an interactive news quiz, the journal's "year in science" highlights-- - ten people who mattered in science; - science events that shaped the year; and - the best science images. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum at NCTM Online PD Online Workshops Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Powerful Problem Solving Mathematics Library Math Tools Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Books Facebook Blogs Twitter Feed SEND COMMENTS TO: _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ An archive of all the Math Forum newsletters and directions for subscribing can be found at

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