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Volume 5, Number 2

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10 January 2000                                Vol. 5, No. 2

                 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

        Maps, Compasses - Weil | Constants, Equations
             Probability for Kids | 2000 Puzzle


                MAPS AND COMPASSES - Helen Weil
      Dept. of Education, State of Queensland, Australia 

          http://www.qed.qld.gov.au/tal/kla/compass/

Curriculum support and a source of information, activities, 
resources, assessment, and problems on navigation, land 
measurement, and applied geometry. Main headings include: 

 - Compasses and Bearings
 - Maps and Charts
 - Orienteering
 - Coastal Navigation
 - Air Navigation
 - Surveying
 - Satellite Navigation Systems

and last but not least, Taking Geometry Seriously, ideas for
investigating geometry to a greater extent than is generally
allowed for in current courses.

  http://www.qed.qld.gov.au/tal/kla/compass/html/tatak.htm

A glossary and resources (bibliography, contacts, videos and 
software, and links to relevant sites) are provided.  The site 
was produced by the 1999 Raybould tutorial Fellow, Helen Weil, 
in conjunction with and with assistance from Education 
Queensland, the University of Queensland, and many 
contributors from schools, businesses and the community.
                
                   
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      THE CONSTANTS AND EQUATIONS PAGES - Jonathan Stott

                    http://www.tcaep.co.uk/

A growing site that aims to be one of the most comprehensive 
resources for science, maths, and astronomy-related material
on the Internet. There are currently nearly 2500 pages of 
freely available information.

Included are some of the more important and useful aspects 
of mathematics, listed alphabetically by category, with 
special sections on numbers, algebra, trigonometry, 
integration, differentiation, and SI units and symbols. 
In addition, you will find more than 500 scientific equations 
and constants, conversions, a periodic table, and information 
on astronomy.


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               PROBABILITY EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS
         Blacklick Elementary School, Blacklick, Ohio

Fourth-grade students show what they have learned about
probability, posting experiments and graphs of results to
serve as inspiration for other classes. Experiments to try 
include:

MISS KNAPP'S CLASS
http://www.gahanna.k12.oh.us/schools/bl/knapp/index.html

  - Trick-or-Treating with Probability
  - Penny Power
  - Dancing Dice
  - Four Suits

MR. THOMAS'S CLASS
http://www.gahanna.k12.oh.us/schools/bl/thomas/index.html
  - Probability Pencils
  - Where's Card 6???
  - Apple Picking
  - Color Probability
  - First Queen Problem
  - The Bag Draw


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             2000 PUZZLE - Judy Brown, Math Forum

          http://mathforum.org./~judyann/2000/

For students in grades 3-12 with a general knowledge of 
mathematics. Use the digits in the year 2000 and the 
operations +, -, x, /, sqrt (square root), ^ (raise to a
power), and ! (factorial), along with grouping symbols, 
to write expressions for the counting numbers 1 through 100. 


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