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Volume 4, Number 43A  -  October 1999 Discussions

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27 October 1999                                Vol. 4, No. 43A


  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.

  If you are familiar with a site we don't yet catalog, please
  use our Web form to suggest the link. Your own brief
  annotation will be much appreciated.

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                       OCTOBER SUGGESTIONS:

AMTE - the mailing list of the Association of Mathematics 
Teacher Educators, archived by the Math Forum at:

- Assessment in Problem Solving (18 Oct. 1999)

 "How do you assess the mathematical problem-solving ability
  of your prospective elementary school teachers?" - Ron Ward 
  A discussion of the use of in-class and take-home testing, 
  portfolios, journaling, and small-group problem solving.

- What can parents do? (7 Oct. 1999)

 "I asked this question, what can parents do? of some good 
  high school teachers I know..." - Susan Pustejovsky
  Parents who are also math educators share experiences.

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AP-CALC - the Advanced Placement Calculus mailing list, hosted 
by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and archived at:
- Computers in the MATH classroom (21 Oct. 1999)
 "How has your school used computers to improve instruction
  in mathematics at various levels from Algebra I through 
  Calculus?" - Joe Ward

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K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching 
questions, archived by the Math Forum at
For an exercise in reading the problem carefully, see:

- Baseball (20 Oct. 1999)

 "In little league baseball, when the game is over every 
  member of the winning team shakes the hand of every member 
  of the losing team. If there are 11 members on a team, 
  how many handshakes is that overall? 

 "In professional baseball, when the game is over every member 
  of the winning team shakes the hand of every member of the 
  winning team. If there are 25 members on a team, how many 
  handshakes is that overall?" - Michael Lee Spivak

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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 at

- History in Mathematics (29 July 1999 and continuing)  

  Do mathematicians often treat history with contempt? 
  - Julio Gonzalez Cabillon

  A discussion of possible reasons, and how this may have been 
  a problem for historians of mathematics, with citations and

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REMINDER: for help with questions about Mathematica, Matlab,
and dynamic geometry software (Sketchpad, Cabri, etc.), visit
these active lists:




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