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5 July 1999                                        Vol. 4, No. 27


Platonic Realms Mini-Texts | Math for the Visually Impaired |
Software - HENSA PLATONIC REALMS MINI-TEXTS Short articles written for a general audience, covering math topics at an introductory level. Contents include: NUMBER "What is 'How Many?'" - basic set theory, natural numbers, integers, and rational, irrational, and real numbers INFINITY "You Can't Get There From Here" - historical background of infinity, Cantor's set theory, and an introductory discussion of cardinality STUDYING MATH "Coping with Math Anxiety" - social and educational roots, some widespread myths about learning math, and possible strategies for overcoming math anxiety "Writing for a Math Class" - for teachers, a discussion of possible formats and assessment, with sample lessons; for students, tips on approaching a written assignment, with formatting samples (text and citations) VISUAL MATH "The Mathematical Art of M. C. Escher" - tessellations, polyhedra, the shape and logic of space, and the concept of self-reference The Platonic Realms site also offers a Math Encyclopedia, Quotes, a Links Library, and a Book Forum: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TEACHING MATH TO VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS - Susan Osterhaus Questions and answers offering teaching strategies for improving the mathematical understanding of visually impaired students. Particular challenges addressed are: - solving quadratic equations - geometric constructions - transformations, line symmetry, and tessellations - linear measure, perimeter, and area Other topics include math education and Nemeth, the American math and science braille code; tactile math graphics (graphs); the abacus, calculators, and other math tools; and math resources such as publications, vendors, and people and places. You may also download a computerized Nemeth Code tutor for Windows: These pages form part of an extensive site provided by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSVBI): \|/ For a collection of sites of general interest to physically challenged students, see the Math Forum's page of links: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- HIGHER EDUCATION NATIONAL SOFTWARE ARCHIVES (HENSA) Joint Information Systems Committee, Higher Education Funding Councils, UK A national service that maintains copies of electronic archives from all over the world, providing access to a wide range of up-to-date software and other material. The service is designed to help those using the UNIX operating system as well as those using personal computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and other platforms. Search or browse the archives to find mathematics and science programs to download. For shortcuts to math, see HENSA's page produced in collaboration with CTI Mathematics at the University of Birmingham: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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