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23 August 1999                                      Vol. 4, No. 34


Life by the Numbers | Ponder This - IBM |
Tan Resource Center - Brooks Cole LIFE BY THE NUMBERS - WQED Pittsburgh Materials including QuickTime videos and Shockwave games inspired by the Public Broadcasting System's seven-part miniseries "Life by the Numbers," hosted and narrated by actor Danny Glover. Each unit has four parts: Start Here, Meet the Experts, About the Show, and Math Stuff. Units include: - A New Age using mathematics to change the world - geometry, calculus, boolean algebra - Patterns of Nature seeing and studying nature - fractals, knot theory, size and shape - Shape of the World measuring and mapping the planet - geometry, cartography - Seeing is Believing describing the space we live in and the space inside, in our imagination - linear perspective, pictures from numbers - The Numbers Game how mathematics helps aspiring athletes to achieve their ideals - sports, crunching numbers - Chances of a Lifetime how statistics is part of our games, helps in the search for new life-saving drugs, and enables us to gauge people's opinions - the mathematics of games and gambling - Making a Difference reforming the way mathematics is taught in our schools, finding a way to make math make sense - the tools of mathematics, linear perspective For reviews of the series, visit MAA Online: - Ivars Peterson - Colm Mulcahy Keith Devlin has written an accompanying book; for a review, see the MAA Online book review column by Bernadette Mullins: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- PONDER THIS... IBM Research Bowling pins, tumblers, buckets of tennis balls... match wits with the minds at IBM Research, who post a new puzzle each month, some suggested by users at large. Solutions are posted after 2-3 weeks, and an archive of previous challenges is on the Web. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TAN RESOURCE CENTER S.T. Tan; Brooks/Cole Publishing Company Supplementary Web resources: exercises, practice quizzes, practice tests, suggested group projects, review questions, and other sample additional materials for students and instructors using Tan's publications: - Applied Calculus (4th ed.) - Applied Finite Mathematics (5th ed.) - Calculus for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences (4th ed.) The site also includes step-by-step instructions for using TI-82, TI-83, and TI-85 graphing calculators. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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