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Volume 4, Number 30A  -  July 1999 Discussions

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28 July 1999                                 Vol. 4, No. 30A


  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:


  Replies to individual discussions should be addressed to
  the appropriate group rather than to the newsletter editor.

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                       JULY SUGGESTIONS:

ALT.MATH.UNDERGRAD - an unmoderated group focused on 
undergraduate mathematics, archived by the Math Forum at

- The nature of Infinity (13 July 1999)

  "Has the infinite changed in the last 20 years or so, and 
   I missed it?" - Chris Vail 

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K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching 
questions, archived by the Math Forum at
- Math tests,What % of grade? (12 July 1999)

 "I teach 7th and 8th grade math... My principal tells me that 
  next year, tests should only count for 50% of each student's 
  grade. The rest would be homework, projects and whatever else 
  I am supposed to think of... How much do you count tests?"
  - Mike

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MATHEDU - a mailing list set up to discuss issues in 
mathematics/education at the post-calculus level, archived at
- Flexible assessment (30 June 1999)

 "I have been asked by my Faculty to find some case studies on 
  'flexible assessment' at university... no definition is given 
  of flexible assessment... Are you doing anything that might 
  fit into this?" - Leigh Wood

- Student Centred Learning (1 July 1999)

 "My University has recently announced a Student Centred 
  Learning initiative... some of us in my department are having 
  trouble understanding what IS and what ISN'T student centred 
  in our courses. What does Student Centred Learning mean for 
  University mathematicians?" - D. I. Graham

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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 by the Math Forum at

- Music and Incommensurability (12 July 1999)

 "I would like to propose a question concerning the earlier 
  theory of proportions and commensurability, more precisely 
  the respective roles of music and geometry in the discovery 
  of incommensurability." - Luigi Borzacchini

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  will browse and participate in the discussion group(s) of
  your choice.  

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