25 January 1999 Vol. 4, No. 4
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Science Fair Math Ideas  Statistics Lessons  Hill  Books at Cornell, JSTOR
MATH IDEAS FOR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS  Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/teachers/mathproject.html
Project ideas and collections of suggestions for students
planning to participate in a math or science fair, compiled
by Roya Salehi of the Math Forum staff.
Individual project ideas range from fun with spirolaterals
to Pick's theorem and exploring Pascal's triangle. Links
to Web pages featuring math fairs are also included, and
you are invited to submit a link to a project or idea for
inclusion on this Forum page.
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STATISTICS LESSONS  Jay Hill
 Introduction to Descriptive Statistics
http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/hill/dstat/dstat.html
Designed for use in a classroom setting, these lessons use
handson and 'virtual' activities to introduce the basic
concepts of descriptive statistics. Topics include mode,
median, mean, central tendency, variation, range, variance,
and standard deviation.
 The Hermit's Epidemic
http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/hill/ev/hermitprob.html
A project that tracks the spread of a disease on a desert
island populated by hermits, using the Internet and other
student activities to explore the concept of expected value:
How many hermits do we expect to get the disease? A model
using dice and an analytical solution are offered.
 How Many Games Does it Take to Win the World Series?
http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/hill/ev/seriesprob.html
Another project that uses the Internet and other student
activities to investigate the concept of expected value:
How many games do we expect the World Series to last?
Includes a coinflipping model and an analytical solution.
Jay Hill's pages are located in the Math Lessons Database at
the Office for Math, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE),
University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (UIUC):
http://www.mste.uiuc.edu:591/mathed/queryform.html
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MATH BOOKS AND JOURNALS ON THE WEB
MATH BOOK COLLECTION  Cornell University Library
http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/dienstdata/cdlmathbrowse.html
This college and researchlevel math collection consists of
more than 550 books in English, French, German, and Italian,
scanned from originals held by the Cornell University Library.
The Collection is indexed, can be browsed by author and title,
and is freely available online to the public.
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JSTOR: JOURNAL STORAGE
http://www.jstor.org/
JSTOR's database is searchable and may be browsed by topic,
including Economics, Mathematics, Population Studies, and
Statistics. Journals relevant to mathematics include:
 Annals of Mathematics
 Annals of Probability
 Annals of Statistics
 Journal of the American Mathematical Society
 Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society
 SIAM Review
JSTOR uses high resolution images to store, display and
print faithful replications of the pages that make up the
complete published record of the journals in its archive.
Articles may be printed using JPRINT or in PDF or PostScript
formats.
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