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30 November 1998 Vol. 3, No. 48 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Through the Glass Wall | Cut the Knot/MAA Online | BSHM History Sites THROUGH THE GLASS WALL - TERC Computer Software for Mathematical Empowerment http://www.terc.edu/mathequity/gw/html/gwhome.html An NSF-funded research project that has spent two years looking at how girls and boys play mathematical computer games in order to answer such questions as: - How can children learn significant mathematics from computer games? - What are the characteristics of games, and of game-playing contexts, that interact with learning? - What patterns are there in girls' and boys' approaches to games and in their learning from these games? http://www.terc.edu/mathequity/gw/html/papers.html The site provides descriptions of over 50 games, with reviews, sample dialogues of children playing and interacting with games, and suggested Web links and print resources. Topics include: - gender and technology, mathematics, and play - technology in education and in the classroom - technology and popular culture, "games for girls" - advice on choosing software, with links to reviewers and sellers. The project's research questions and outcomes also offer links to papers written to date, and an essay on the reviews onsite exploring these questions: - What is Mathematical and Equitable Game Software (MEGS)? - What does it mean to be a good piece of mathematics education software? - What does it mean to be an equitable piece of game software? - What does it mean to be a good computer game? http://www.terc.edu/mathequity/gw/html/reviews.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CUT THE KNOT (MAA Online) - Alex Bogomolny http://www.cut-the-knot.com/ctk/memes.html Your task is to break a chocolate bar with even rows and columns of small squares. How many splits does it take to finish breaking it along the lines? What's the answer here? What's the problem? Bogomolny's MAA Online interactive monthly column uses Java applets to simulate or illustrate puzzles and problems. His topics range widely: - Breaking Chocolate Bars - Tribute to Invariance - Between Arithmetic and Algebra - Dot Patterns and Sierpinski Gasket - The Collage Theorem - Merlin's Magic Squares - Pick's Theorem - Modes of Thinking - Proofs Without Words - Mathematics || Computers (Or Is It &&?) - Hearty Munching on Cardioids - Periodic Points of Quadratic Polynomials - Doodling and Miracles Alex Bogomolny maintains the popular site Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles: http://www.cut-the-knot.com/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- WEB SITES ON THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/bshm/resources.html Links to Web sites containing material relevant to the study of the history of mathematics. Some of them are specifically devoted to math history, while others are part of larger sites. Pages that contain images and are slow to download are marked with an asterisk (*). Sites are organized in the following categories: - General sites - Web resources - Biographies - Regional mathematics - Museums with mathematics exhibits - Special exhibits - Books on-line - Student presentations - Miscellaneous - Bibliography - Societies - Journals This page was compiled by June Barrow-Green for the British Society for the History of Mathematics: http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/bshm/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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