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26 April 2000 Vol. 5, No. 17A THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS - April 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 ______________________________ + ______________________________ APRIL SUGGESTIONS: EMT - a list established to facilitate conversation started in the videopaper "Encouraging Mathematical Thinking - Discourse around a Rich Problem," by the Math Forum's Bridging Research and Practice Group (BRAP), hosted and archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/discuss/emt/. - Discourse in Mathematics (3 April 2000) http://mathforum.org/discuss/emt/m/138/138 "I am a junior in mathematics education... working on an honor's project, researching discovery and reception teaching methods. I'm finding your site very interesting but I am wondering if your use of discourse is the same as the Socratic method, and if not how does it differ?" - Pam Cockrell ______________________________ + ______________________________ APSTAT-L - a list for prospective teachers and others involved in the development of the Advanced Placement Statistics Examination, archived at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/apstat-l/. - AP Exam & Calculators (19 April 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/apstat-l/fraxthimgay/ "Now that the exam is almost upon us, I have a rather important question. What are students permitted to have stored in their calculators? For example, can they use a program that generates a stem-and-leaf plot, etc., or will this be considered cheating?" - Chris ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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/ - The aesthetic beauty found in mathematics (5 April 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/geometry-puzzles/parfroxbil/ "I am an architecture student in England. I have an enormous interest in the underlying mathematical structure inherent in all natural objects which are popularly considered as beautiful and elegant in form... I would be interested to know of good books on the subject..." - Stephen Pitt-Francis ______________________________ + ______________________________ MATHEDU, a mailing list set up to discuss issues in Mathematics/ Education at the post-calculus level, and archived at http://mathforum.org/epigone/mathedu/ - Regulating Collaboration (10 April 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/mathedu/quarzhychend/ "... Judging by the work my students turn in, I have not been completely successful in communicating the policy I have in mind. Are there others on this list who wish to permit a limited amount of collaboration on homework and who have succeeded in laying clear ground rules for such collaboration?" - Chris Grant ______________________________ + ______________________________ SCI.MATH.NUM-ANALYSIS, a discussion group focused on numerical analysis that can be read as a Usenet newsgroup or on the Web: http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.num-analysis/. - Finite Difference vs. Finite Element (11 April 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.num-analysis/dwolnixzhu/ "I have been reading a lot of literature on the finite difference and finite element methods and have found a great variety of opinions regarding which is best for this or that problem. In programming both types I have found that both can produce nice results. I would like to hear more opinions on the matter however..." - John Hernlund ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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/ - Fundamental Theorem of Algebra (7 April 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/khingcleldstun/ "Is there a proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra that can be understood by students with only a calculus background?" - John Dawson ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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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