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29 March 2000 Vol. 5, No. 13A THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS - March 2000 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 ______________________________ + ______________________________ MARCH 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/ - The value (or not) of trig identities in intro calc (20 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/calc-reform/frorzorjim/ "Let's assume that _you_ are given the power to write the new AP Calc syllabus, as you see fit... [and] that every student doing the new course has a TI-89 or equivalent. Which functions would you expect students to be able to integrate "by hand," i.e. the traditional way?" - Rex Boggs ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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/ - Geometry and construction? (19 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-college/gaxdwinyul/ Walter Whiteley answers the question: "I am doing a project for my geometry class in high school. We have to build something and write a report on how it relates to geometry or how they used geometry to build it. I want to either build a plane or a big building like the Empire State Building or something like that." - Debbie ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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/ - Triangle Area Paradox (18 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-puzzles/zhonjimpfling/ "I suppose most of you are familiar with the paradox of the 5x13 rectangle that, cut into parts and then rearranged, becomes an 8x8 square, and gains a unit of area. A student of mine came up with an even more surprising variation of this paradox...." - Floor van Lamoen ______________________________ + ______________________________ K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching questions, archived by the Math Forum at http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/ - Timed Math Tests- Good or Bad? (22 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/clyfeldkhox/ "I am looking for some basic imput. There are several educators who are against timed drill-and-kill math tests. These tests have been given to increase memorization skills for addition, subtraction, and multiplication. What is your opinion? Are they really beneficial?" - Cathy ______________________________ + ______________________________ NUMERACY, for those interested in the discussion of educational issues around adult mathematical literacy, archived at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/numeracy/ - curriculum support for use of calculators on GED 2002 (16 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/numeracy/jermflaydwix/ "I am interested in references for curricula and classroom materials which support and enhance the use of the scientific-level calculators assigned to the GED 2002...." - Maggie Steinz ______________________________ + ______________________________ HISTORIA-MATEMATICA - a virtual forum for scholarly discussion of the history of mathematics in a broad sense, among professionals and non-professionals with a serious interest in the field, archived at http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/ - L'Hopital, Pythagoras, Ptolemy and Hilbert (16 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/bendpheldgri/ "I need some examples of results which are not named after the people who derived them... Is there a difference between Pythagorean theorem and Pythagoras' theorem?... Where on earth (!) can I find information about how man's conception of the size of universe has changed throughout history?... What progress has been made in solving the Riemann hypothesis since it was first stated, way back in antiquity? Also, apart from the fact that it is still not solved, what would you consider to be significant about the problem?" - Andrew Bowering And see: - Mathematics and Time (8 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/thehsneeste/ - Kant and non-Euclidean geometry (10 March 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/yuntinpheld/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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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