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30 June 1999 Vol. 4, No. 26A THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS - JUNE 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. ______________________________ + ______________________________ JUNE SUGGESTIONS: AP-CALC - the Advanced Placement Calculus mailing list, hosted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and archived at http://mathforum.org/epigone/ap-calc/ - Technology and Exams (7 June 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/ap-calc/fleldzhelfra/ "...there is almost nothing computational that my applied linear algebra students learn that cannot be done better - more accurately and more quickly - by MATLAB. Does that mean that I should not teach my students how to perform any of those tasks? Or that I should not test my students' understanding of the underlying processes on numerical examples without the intervention of technology?..." - Jeff Stuart ______________________________ + ______________________________ K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching questions, archived by the Math Forum at http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/ - learning basic math facts in grades 1-3 (11 June 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/norsnehju/ "Other than flashcard drill, mad minutes, understanding number concepts with manipulatives, etc. is there any approach/ material/idea out there that someone has had wonderful success with to help our population of over 100 per grade level to master basic facts?" - Jill Ferguson ______________________________ + ______________________________ SCI.MATH, a discussion group focused on general and advanced mathematics that can be read as a Usenet newsgroup or on the Web: http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math/ - MATH and MUSIC - Any Correlation? (7 June 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math/zhahpumshun/ "I keep hearing that there are only two prodigies in the world: mathematics and music, and that people excelling in math often excel at music. Is this true?" - t_n_southton ______________________________ + ______________________________ SCI.MATH.SYMBOLIC, a discussion group focused on symbolic mathematics that can be read as a Usenet newsgroup or on the Web: http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.symbolic/ - Mathematical Formulas, and Asthetics (21 June 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.symbolic/prenglulclar/ "I am an artist and not a mathematician... interested in formulas that a mathematician may find to have a meaning that is aesthetically pleasing or could be considered beautiful due to its significance. If any of you have a formula that for some reason appeals to you for the merits of its meaning, could you please post the formula, its meaning, and why it is beautiful to you..." - JPRTIST ______________________________ + ______________________________ SCI.MATH.STAT, a discussion group focused on probability and statistics that can be read as a Usenet newsgroup or on the Web: http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.stat.math/ - Nature and normal distribution?? (20 June 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.stat.math/wixbenty/ "I have read some historical excerpts about the origin of normal distribution, i.e. measurement of errors, approximation of binomial distribution. The normal distribution is mathematically invented. Many researchers have found that empirical observations of natural phenomena 'fit' to the characteristics of the normal distribution, for example IQ scores, test scores, blood pressure, annual rainfall, etc. Is it safe to assume this?... is nature really normally distributed?" - Bordin Sapsomboon ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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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