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Volume 4, Number 52

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27 December 1999                                Vol. 4, No. 52


Shape & Space in Geometry - Annenberg/CPB | Titanic - LSU |
Japanese Math Challenge SHAPE AND SPACE IN GEOMETRY - Teachers' Lab Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project 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. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- THE TITANIC - Todd Atkins, Barbara McManus - LSU What can numbers tell us about her fateful voyage? This site, from the College of Education at Louisiana State University, invites secondary-level 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. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- JAPANESE MATH CHALLENGE - Japanese-Online (JOL) Twenty logic-based 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 CD-ROM containing 225 problems, is available for purchase from Pacific Software Publishing. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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