27 December 1999 Vol. 4, No. 52
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Shape & Space in Geometry  Annenberg/CPB  Titanic  LSU  Japanese Math Challenge
SHAPE AND SPACE IN GEOMETRY  Teachers' Lab
Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/geometry/
This lab, based on the professional development series
broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project
Channel, investigates the properties of objects (angles,
surfaces) and the consequences of how these objects are
positioned (where their shadows fall, how people must move
around them).
Students are invited to explore ways in which geometry is
about real things: how big they are, whether they fit,
how to find them, or what they look like in a mirror.
Online activities are combined with background information
and interactive polls or worksheets for use in the classroom,
with links to related Web sites.
The Annenberg Teachers' Labs offer a place to experiment
with new ideas for teaching and learning and to find
activities for the classroom. The previous lab, PATTERNS
IN MATHEMATICS, explores patterns as they occur in logic,
numbers, and words.
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/
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THE TITANIC  Todd Atkins, Barbara McManus  LSU
What can numbers tell us about her fateful voyage?
http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/webquest/titanic.html
This site, from the College of Education at Louisiana
State University, invites secondarylevel students to
investigate the links between mathematics and the history
of the Titanic, its passengers, and its crew.
Designed for students who have some familiarity with using
spreadsheets to create tables and graphs and with the use
of databases for gathering information, this LSU Webquest
explores these topics from a mathematical perspective,
revealing interesting facts, dramatic stories, and numerous
statistics related to the sinking of the Titanic.
Links to Internet resources are provided, as well as to
"The Titanic in the Classroom," pages and associated
databases to download. The material was originally published
by the Department of Education, Training, and Employment
(South Australia) as a software package for use in classrooms.
http://www2.nexus.edu.au/Teachstud/titanic2/home/titic1.htm
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JAPANESE MATH CHALLENGE  JapaneseOnline (JOL)
http://www.japaneseonline.com/math/
Twenty logicbased story problems translated from Japan's
Junior High School math tests, with hints and explanations.
Each section of the Japanese test consists of 225 story
problems, and the full test requires over 8 hours to complete.
This site is designed to expose U.S. students to math content
at an international level.
World Math Challenge Software for age 10 and above, a
Windows multimedia program on CDROM containing 225 problems,
is available for purchase from Pacific Software Publishing.
http://www.pspinc.com/lsg/wmc/wmcinfo.htm
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