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Volume 4, Number 47

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22 November 1999                                Vol. 4, No. 47


Symmetry Around the World | Basketball Explorations |
Mirek's Cellebration SYMMETRY AROUND THE WORLD Students of 6B, St Kieran's Manly Vale, Sydney, Australia Project Leader: Adrian Bruce A collection of Web pages to help children around the world find out about line symmetry and rotational symmetry. Illustrations include examples from nature, the human body, masks, reflections in water, architecture, geometric shapes, hubcaps, kaleidoscopes, capital letters, advertising logos, and more. The class hopes to receive as many e-mail messages about its work as possible from around the world (deadline: December 20, 1999), and will plot the locations of senders on a map on the classroom wall. Send e-mail to: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- BASKETBALL EXPLORATIONS - ThinkQuest 1997 Basketball is a game that involves many disciplines, including math, physics, art, and others. This site educates the user about how these disciplines relate to basketball in a way that presents important concepts and ideas but still manages to be fun. Resources (math explorations, lessons, and other goodies) include: - Reflections - More on Reflections - Parabolas - Volume of Spheres - Surface Area of Spheres - Introduction to Statistics - Areas of 2-Dimensional Figures - Introduction to Vectors - Vector Addition and Trigonometry - Logos - Color Theory ... and more Navigate the site via a search engine, an index of all available resources, or a roadmap that gives you a full tour of the site. When browsing a ThinkQuest entry, keep in mind the ThinkQuest disclaimer: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MIREK'S CELLEBRATION: 1D AND 2D CELLULAR AUTOMATA EXPLORER A site devoted to cellular automata. The Game of Life, one of the oldest and best-explored cellular automata, is only the tip of a large cellular iceberg: the number of even simple cellular automata is estimated to be larger then the number of particles in the Universe. Mirek Wojtowicz explores a bit of this huge world, developing his own cellular automata simulator, MCell (available for download from the site), and collecting games, rules, and patterns, many displayed on his pages. The site includes a pattern of the week, libraries of CA patterns, and links to other cellular automata programs. The above U.S. site mirrors Wojtowicz's original European site in Poland: \|/ For more links to sites about cellular automata, see the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library: Math Topics: Dynamical Systems: Cellular Automata: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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