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Volume 4, Number 29

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19 July 1999                                        Vol. 4, No. 29

                 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

Pieces 'n Creases - ThinkQuest Jr. | Serendip |
TIMSS Database PIECES 'N CREASES: A FUN GUIDE TO ORIGAMI - ThinkQuest Junior http://tqjunior.advanced.org/5402/ A 1999 award-winning "Best of Contest" entry by four 5th-graders from Vidor Middle School in Vidor, Texas. The site offers an introduction to the history of origami; information on its uses and benefits; terms, symbols, and tips; a page on origami and peace; poems about origami; activities, and resources for folding paper. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- SERENDIP - Bryn Mawr College http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/ A forum for exploring and supporting intellectual and social change in education and social organization. Subject areas include: Brain and Behavior, Complex Systems, Biology, Genes and Behavior, Science and Culture, and Science Education. Each area contains exhibits, articles, links to other resources, and a place for comments and discussion. Interactive games of interest to students of dynamical systems include: - The Game of Life: order without a planner http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/complexity/life.html a Java game about a world consisting of locations that may or may not be occupied by life - The Magic Sierpinski Triangle: order dependent on randomness http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/complexity/sierpinski.html an exploration into how vertex choice affects the Chaos Game - On Beyond Newton: from simple rules to stability, fluctuation, and chaos http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/complexity/newton/ an interactive exhibit on homeostasis/autonomy/chaos centered around population dynamics - Chaotic Dynamical Systems, by Prof. Victor J. Donnay, his students, and colleagues http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/chaos/ three different types of dynamical systems to play with: Billiards, the Phase Space Game, and Iteration of a point on the real number line Resources for Education and Technology are listed as part of Serendip's area on Science Education: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/technology.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TIMSS UNITED STATES: INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS & SCIENCE STUDY Michigan State University http://ustimss.msu.edu/ The Third International Mathematics and Science Study represents the most extensive investigation of mathematics and science education ever conducted. Approximately 50 countries participated in this comparative survey of education focusing on students ages 9 and 13, and those in their last year of secondary school. The US TIMSS National Research Center at Michigan State University offers papers and publications, a newsletter, press releases, overheads, and the files for the INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM ANALYSIS DATABASE (you may download all the database files, or individual files by country): http://ustimss.msu.edu/cdata.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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 _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \

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