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26 May 1999 Vol. 4, No. 21A THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS - MAY 1999 DISCUSSIONS This special issue of the Math Forum's weekly newsletter highlights recent interesting conversations on Internet math discussion groups. For a full list of these groups with links to topics covered and information on how to subscribe, see: http://mathforum.org/discussions/ Replies to individual discussions should be addressed to the appropriate group rather than to the newsletter editor. ______________________________ + ______________________________ MAY SUGGESTIONS: HISTORIA-MATEMATICA - a virtual forum for scholarly discussion of the history of mathematics in a broad sense, among professionals and non-professionals with a serious interest in the field, archived at http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/ - the importance of notation (10 May 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/yinfeetun/ "...notation has helped the progress of mathematics. Consider, for example, the limitations of the Roman number system, the importance of the invention of a symbol for zero, etc. Which were, in your opinion, the notations that have permitted the greatest advances in mathematics?" - Emmanuel Attard Cassar ______________________________ + ______________________________ MATH-TEACH, a list established to facilitate the discussion of teaching mathematics, including conversations about the NCTM standards (although not officially sponsored by or affiliated with the NCTM); open to subscription, unmoderated, and archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/math-teach/ - Multiple Choice Tests: Constructing Responses (19 May 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/math-teach/deesmahcrang/ "I'd like to construct a 20-question multiple choice test for use as an instrument to determine any gaps in the basic mathematical background of the students... I can rough in a set of appropriate questions, but how does one go about constructing wrong responses?" - Timothy P. Keller ______________________________ + ______________________________ MATHQA - a list for math discussion at the college level and above, also available as the alt.math.moderated newsgroup and now archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/mathqa/ For examples of MATHQA topics, see: - Help with Algebraic Topology problem about triangulation of manifolds" (19 Apr 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/mathqa/spangplinyerm/ "I'm studying Munkres' Elements of Algebraic Topology on my own and I'm having trouble with a problem... We are given an m-manifold with boundary, M, and a triangulation h:|K|->M of M, where K is a simplicial complex. This forces some constraints upon K and the problem asks for proofs of some of these constraints...." - Jeffrey B. Rubin - Hawaii puzzle (18 May 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/mathqa/skendkharben/ "Suppose there is an accurate map of Hawaii spread out on a table in Honolulu. Prove there is exactly one point on the map lying directly over the point it represents." - Nick Halloway ______________________________ + ______________________________ SUMMER READING: AP-CALC - the Advanced Placement Calculus mailing list, hosted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and archived at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/ap-calc/ - Summer reading (20 May 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/ap-calc/lelbrahwhar/ MATH-HISTORY-LIST - an unmoderated group dealing with the history of mathematics, archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/math-history-list/ - Summer Reading (10 May 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/math-history-list/thuntheldthi/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ We hope you will find these selections useful, and that you will browse and participate in the discussion group(s) of your choice. 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/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ 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 |

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