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19 October 1998 Vol. 3, No. 42 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS SMARD: Java Math | Puzzlemaker - Stephens | Puzzle World - Rausch SMARD: JAVA MATH - Rex Boggs http://smard.cqu.edu.au/Database/Teaching/JavaMath.html A collection of Java Web sites in support of mathematics education, from the Secondary Mathematics Assessment and Resource Database in Queensland, Australia. Included are: - Uses of Java Applets in Mathematics Education an overview of how Java applets can be used to enhance instruction in the mathematics classroom, by Chris Mawata - Archive Sites - Lots of Applets! links to sites that collect applets, including Manipula Maths and the Java Applet Review Service (JARS) - Links to selected applets, by topic: number number patterns and algebra geometry fractals statistics calculus trigonometry complex numbers parametric and polar equations functions mathematical fun Java Math is a part of the SMARD database teaching area: http://smard.cqu.edu.au/Database/Teaching/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- PUZZLEMAKER - Paul Stephens http://www.puzzlemaker.com/ Forms for creating ten computer-generated puzzles linked to solutions on the Web: - Mazes choose from a variety of shapes and path patterns, and set the dimensions - Number Blocks create a block of numbers where each row, column and diagonal add up to a total, but some numbers remain to be filled in - Math Square specify the range of numbers that will uniquely satisfy a grid with arithmetic operations and end totals already filled in Other puzzles include: - Double Puzzle (two-level word scramble) - Criss-Cross Puzzle (crossword) - Word Search - Word Search with a Hidden Message - Cryptograms - Letter Tiles (unscrambling letter tiles to rebuild a phrase) - Fallen Phrase (unscrambling phrases one row at a time) In addition to computer-generated puzzles, the author displays unique hand-drawn mazes by artist Tesseract. The site also features documentation of the ActiveX objects and the Virtual Basic software used to create the puzzles, and a FAQ that includes instructions for saving and/or transferring puzzles to a word processor. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- PUZZLE WORLD - John Rausch http://www.johnrausch.com/PuzzleWorld/ A searchable site with information and a discussion group about handcrafted mechanical puzzles. Most of the puzzles presented are not the mass-produced variety found in stores, but limited production puzzles produced by craftsmen (often the designers themselves) working primarily in wood. Categories include: - put-together puzzles - take-apart puzzles - interlocking puzzles - disentanglement puzzles - sequential movement puzzles - puzzle vessels - dexterity puzzles - vanish puzzles - impossible objects. Also at this site: The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections - Stewart Coffin http://www.johnrausch.com/PuzzlingWorld/ Nick Baxter's Sliding Block Puzzles http://www.johnrausch.com/SlidingBlockPuzzles/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/discussions/ 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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