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Volume 4, Number 24

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14 June 1999                                        Vol. 4, No. 24


New York Times Lesson Plans | Traveling Salesman |
1999 Summer Workshops LEARNING NETWORK TEACHER CONNECTION - MATH LESSON PLANS The NEW YORK TIMES on the Web Math lesson plans based on the day's news, by authors Alison Zimbalist of The New York Times Learning Network, and Lorin Driggs, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Math lessons with interdisciplinary extensions explore such topics as: - understanding the value of numbers in the newspaper - calculating refugee camp supply costs - interpreting opinion polls - analyzing baseball hall of fame statistics - learning about company mergers - exploring comparative economics - researching epidemics - unmasking mathematical concepts in the art world A daily lesson plan archive includes many other subjects, including history, geography, science and technology: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- THE TRAVELING SALESMAN The problem: find the length of the shortest closed tour visiting N cities. Here are a few sites to explore: TSPBIB (TRAVELING SALESMAN PROBLEM) - Pablo Moscato A comprehensive listing of papers, source code, preprints, and technical reports available on the Internet about the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP) and some associated problems such as Fractal TSP Instances and VRP Instances, with links to software and Java applets that can be used to explore the problem. THE TRAVELING SALESMAN PROBLEM (TSP) - Vasek Chvatal A collection of sites that includes a link to TSPLIB, Gerhard Reinelt's library of some hundred instances of the problem, and to computer code that has solved more than twenty previously unsolved instances. THE TRAVELING SALESMAN PROBLEM - A REVIEW OF THEORY AND CURRENT RESEARCH - Mark H. Noschang This paper introduces the concept in depth using informal examples and formal graph theory notation, with discussions of common formulations, some practical applications, past and current heuristic approaches, and various approximation algorithms. A bibliography of references is included. TRAVELING SALESMAN CONSTANTS - Steven Finch, MathSoft Consider n distinct points in the d-dimensional unit cube. Of all (n-1)!/2 closed paths (or tours) passing through each point precisely once, what is the length L(n,d) of the shortest such path? From Favorite Mathematical Constants: THE SHOELACE PROBLEM - Ivars Peterson (MathTrek) How should shoes be laced? There are at least three common ways to lace shoes, and the lacing style a person uses depends on a variety of factors, ranging from aesthetic appeal to tying efficiency. The shoelace question represents a special, restricted instance of the classic traveling salesman problem... THE TRAVELING MONKEY - Ivars Peterson (MathLand) It turns out that vervet monkeys can also solve the traveling salesman problem; rather than always heading for the nearest food supply, the monkeys apparently plan their next three visits to minimize distance and travel time... -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TEACHING ENHANCEMENT SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES - NSF Search this National Science Foundation project database for "mathematics" in "All" states and "All" grades to find opportunities for teachers. Disciplines also include other sciences, engineering, and psychology. Listings display the name of the project, the state where it will be offered, the appropriate grade level(s), and whether applications are still being accepted for summer 1999. For more details including dates, eligibility requirements, and specific locations, click on the bullet to the left of each project. \|/ WORKSHOPS FOR MATH TEACHERS - Math Forum The Forum also hosts a collection of math and math education workshop announcements. Browse by level, conduct a keyword search, or select from our set of categories (location, topic, date). If you would like us to list your workshop, we invite you to fill out our submission form. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Mathematics Library Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \

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