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3 January 2000 Vol. 5, No. 1 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Figure This! - NCTM | Mathematical Writing Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics FIGURE THIS! MATH CHALLENGES FOR FAMILIES National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) http://www.figurethis.org/ Real world elementary-level explorations, with hints, suggestions for getting started, explanations of the importance of the mathematical skills involved, and answers. A Challenge Index lists problems by topic, and links to related Web and print resources are provided. Examples include: - Line Up! How long do you have to stand in line? - Beating Heart: How fast does your heart beat? - Fill It Up! Which shape holds the most popcorn? - Don't Fall In: Why aren't manhole covers square? The site is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHEMATICAL WRITING The Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library offers links to sites that have to do with mathematical writing: http://mathforum.org/library/ed_topics/writing_in_math/ At the college level, here are two good starting points: WRITING IN MATHEMATICS - Crannell http://www.fandm.edu/Departments/Mathematics/writing_in_math/writing_index.html This guide to writing in mathematics classes, by Dr. Annalisa Crannell of Franklin & Marshall College, offers the checklist she uses and writing assignments from her Pre-Calculus and Calculus I, II, and III classes. Contents include: - Why Should You Have To Write Papers In A Math Class? - How is Mathematical Writing Different? - Following the Checklist - Good Phrases to Use in Math Papers - Helpful Hints for the Computer - Other Sources of Help \|/ WRITING A MATH PHASE TWO PAPER - Kleiman, Tesler, MIT http://www.mit.edu/afs/athena.mit.edu/course/other/mathp2/www/piil.html A discussion of the kind of writing appropriate in a paper submitted to the math department to complete Phase Two of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's writing requirement, by Steven L. Kleiman with Glenn P. Tesler. Included are: a review of the general purpose of the requirement and the specific way of completing it for the math department; a consideration of the writing itself (organization into sections, use of language, and presentation of mathematics); and a short example of mathematical writing. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ERIC WEISSTEIN'S WORLD OF MATHEMATICS http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ A searchable, browseable, comprehensive alphabetical encyclopedia of math terms, equations, and derivations, with explanations, examples, references, and much more. Formerly the CRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, and originally Eric's Treasure Trove of Mathematics, Eric's World of Mathematics is now hosted by Wolfram Research, Inc., publishers of Mathematica. A hardcover version and a CD-ROM are available for purchase. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/discussions/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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