### Volume 4, Number 4

 ``` 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. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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 hands-on 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 coin-flipping 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 Urbana-Champaign (UIUC): http://www.mste.uiuc.edu:591/mathed/queryform.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATH BOOKS AND JOURNALS ON THE WEB MATH BOOK COLLECTION - Cornell University Library http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/dienst-data/cdl-math-browse.html This college- and research-level 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. \|/ 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. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ 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\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ ```