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30 November 1999 Vol. 4, No. 48A THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS - NOVEMBER 1999 DISCUSSIONS 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: http://mathforum.org/discussions/ 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. http://mathforum.org/library/add.html ______________________________ + ______________________________ NOVEMBER SUGGESTIONS: AMTE - the mailing list of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte/ - Ma's book (3 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte/khisnifimp/ From Lee Shulman's foreward: "This book focuses on the work of elementary school teachers, but its most important audience may well be college and university faculty members who teach mathematics to future teachers as well as future parents... current undergraduate mathematics programs seem to have no place for teaching fundamental mathematics for profound understanding...." Browse more conversations at: - Ma's book: Learning Arithmetic (4 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte/fimexsmim/ - Ma's book: teacher's mathematical knowledge (8 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte/sixshafeh/ - [Fwd: Ma's book] (3 Nov. 1999) - (where to get the book) http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte/nandcrolbrim/ In October, United States Assistant Education Secretary Kent McGuire announced the selection of 10 mathematics education programs as "exemplary and promising." Reactions that followed on the amte list include: - Open Letter To Richard Riley (18 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte/pleekhandcho/ - An explosive development? (19 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/amte/greblerdbleld/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ GEOMETRY-COLLEGE - a group for discussions of topics covered in college geometry, problems appropriate for that level, and geometry education, hosted and archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-college/ Browse or search the October/November geometry-college archives for discussions about cubics, among them: - Cubics References (2 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-college/jeldbreyil/ - three cubics and their group structures (2 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-college/flaryuquoo/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ GEOMETRY-PUZZLES - for problems, discussions, and solutions that require only a knowledge of pre-college geometry, hosted and archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-puzzles/ - Hyperbolas (4 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-puzzles/crinquangwhex/ "I can think of numerous places where ellipses and parabolas show up in nature, but I'm at a loss when a students asks, What about... a hyperbola?" - Quent Durham ______________________________ + ______________________________ GEOMETRY-SOFTWARE-DYNAMIC - for the discussion of such geometry software programs as the Geometer's Sketchpad and Cabri Geometry II, hosted and archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-software-dynamic/ - axioms for dynamic geometry? (27 Oct. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-software-dynamic/sopreefrex/ "I'm interested in the axiomatic foundations of dynamic geometry...." - June Lester ______________________________ + ______________________________ K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching questions, archived by the Math Forum at http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/ - 7th grade Math Test question? (3 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/twunbrolzhex/ "How would you answer the following question that was on my son's 7th grade math test: True or False? The least negative integer is -1." - Dave Moore ______________________________ + ______________________________ MATHEDU, a mailing list set up to discuss issues in Mathematics/ Education at the post-calculus level, and archived at http://mathforum.org/epigone/mathedu/ - Writing Requirement (22 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/mathedu/bendtumdwil/ "Our school has instituted an upper division writing requirement [...and] we have put the writing requirement into an abstract algebra course... Teaching the course with writing, I'm learning a few things that aren't in my assessment book... I wonder if we could get a conversation going on this... ?" - Sandra Z. Keith ______________________________ + ______________________________ We hope you will find these selections useful, and that you will browse and participate in the discussion group(s) of your choice. 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