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29 December 1999 Vol. 4, No. 52A THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS - DECEMBER 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 ______________________________ + ______________________________ DECEMBER SUGGESTIONS: CALC-REFORM - a mailing list hosted by e-MATH of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and archived at http://mathforum.org/epigone/calc-reform/ Continued reactions to the Open Letter To Richard Riley - see our November discussions newsletter, archived at: http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/mf.intnews4.48A.html - Math "Correct" ad in Washington Post and response (30 Nov. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/calc-reform/swuthojon/ - Maybe this checkbook thing is relevant after all (11 Dec. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/calc-reform/pulpholshul/ This calc-reform conversation includes a letter from Hyman Bass to the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council, posted with his permission, followed by discussions about balancing a checkbook by hand. ______________________________ + ______________________________ FATHOM - a list to foster communication within the Fathom user community (Fathom is dynamic statistics software from Key Curriculum Press, http://www.keypress.com/fathom/), archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/fathom/ - Fathom User FAQ (10 Dec. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/fathom/freeclingprimp/ "I've just put the beginnings of a FAQ of 'How do I ... in Fathom?' questions onto the web..." - Jill Binker ______________________________ + ______________________________ GEOMETRY-SOFTWARE-DYNAMIC - a list 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/ - Request for info. on History of Sketchpad, Cabri, Cinderella (6 Dec. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-software-dynamic/gringwumtimp/ "I've been asked to write a review of the dynamic geometry software package Cinderella, and am planning to compare it to The Geometer's Sketchpad and Cabri Geometry..." - Heidi Burgiel Followup at: - My review of Cinderella -- thanks for all the help! http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-software-dynamic/tweldquerdwe/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching questions, archived by the Math Forum at http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/ - memorizing in math class (1 Dec. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/frehcrendflee/ "Should we require students to memorize numerous theorems and formulas for math quizzes and tests (i.e. Trig. identities or all the formulas for area and volume)?" - Matt Kellogg Compare and contrast this discussion with those on the same question on the math-teach and math.teaching.styles lists: http://mathforum.org/epigone/math-teach/brimzutwu/ http://mathforum.org/epigone/math.teaching.styles/leespermzhah/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ SCI.MATH, a discussion group focused on general and advanced mathematics that can be read as a Usenet newsgroup or on the Web: http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math/ - countability and computability (22 Dec. 1999) http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math/skolbanclimp/ "The set of all numbers that can be described by humans is the set of all numbers that can be described using language (say), and is therefore countable, as each can be represented by a finite length string. From the uncountability of the reals, this means there exist numbers that cannot be described by humans (or computers). Is this equivalent to an uncomputable number?" - Dan Goodman ______________________________ + ______________________________ SCI.MATH.RESEARCH, a discussion group focused on research-level mathematics that can be read as a Usenet newsgroup or on the Web: http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.research/ This week in the mathematics archives - Greg Kuperberg - 20-24 December http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.research/dwoclequou/ - 6-10 December http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.research/vungornar/ - 29 November - 3 December http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.research/cronytwou/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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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