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21 December 1998 Vol. 3, No. 51 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Mathematical Atlas - Rusin | Applications of Math - APPLY | MonsterMath THE MATHEMATICAL ATLAS: A GATEWAY TO MODERN MATHEMATICS Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) - Dave Rusin http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/welcome.html A collection of short articles introducing the subject areas of modern mathematics, organized according to the Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC) scheme developed by the American Mathematical Society and Zentralblatt für Mathematik. The material is arranged in a hierarchy of disciplines. You may choose from a list of subject headings, search for a topic by keywords, click on a territory in the MathMap, or take a tour (good for newcomers): http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/ http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/search.html http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/mathmap.html http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/tour.html General headings: - Foundations - (Abstract) Algebra and Number Theory - Geometry and Topology - Mathematical Analysis, including Calculus and Real Analysis Complex Variable Analysis Differential Equations Functional Analysis Numerical Analysis and Optimization. Applied and related areas: - Computer and Information Sciences - Probability and Statistics - Physical Sciences and Engineering - History, Education, Other. Subcategories within headings introduce subject areas, describe milestone results and topics, and point to key resources where more information is to be found. There is also a "Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics Subject Classification Scheme": http://www.math.niu.edu/~rusin/known-math/index/beginners.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- APPLICATIONS OF MATHEMATICS - Center for Applied Academics http://cfaa.bridges.com/math.htm Applications of mathematics in careers, with lesson plans created to help teachers prepare students for the workplace and postsecondary education. Each provides a career discussion, information about the mathematics involved, and student activity sheets. In one lesson, students studying to be mechanical drafter designers measure angles using a carpenter's square, string, and a protractor as they design an elevator for an amusement park. Careers cover sports, trades, and professions, including the following and more: - Teeing Off (Golf Pro) What makes a good golfer? "Good form" can be described mathematically. - Tuning In (Piano Repair Technician) Math is at the centre of what we consider harmonious. - Pixelmaniacs (Computer Game Designer) Ever wonder how Donkey Kong moves across the monitor? The secret to his motion is mathematics. - Paint by Numbers (House Painter) Making a winning bid depends on using mathematics, including measurements and the formula for area. - Daunting Peaks (Volcanologist) Sampling rocks, making graphs, and interpreting results. - Formula for Success (Market Analyst) Picking the right stocks isn't a matter of luck but research, intuition, and mathematics. Learn the formulas. - Let it Fly! (Aerospace Engineer) Students determine whether they can use an aluminum support rod in a design for an airplane. Will the plane get off the ground? APPLY Lesson Ideas are published in partnership by the Center for Applied Academics, the Bridges Initiatives Inc., and the B.C. Ministry of Education, Skills and Training. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MONSTERMATH - Lifelong Software, Inc. http://www.lifelong.com/AcademicWorld/MonsterMath/ A game project designed to introduce young children to a variety of basic math concepts such as counting, addition, and multiplication, and to allow the players to be problem-solvers. Each page has a math problem; players click on the correct answer to advance in the story. If you click on an incorrect answer, a screen asks you to try again. With the free Talker plug-in and Apple's text-to-speech technology, the monsters can talk on the Macintosh (for Spanish, also download the Mexican voices Carlos and Catalina). -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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