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31 May 2000 Vol. 5, No. 22A THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS - MAY 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 ______________________________ + ______________________________ MAY 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/ - Re: precise use of language (25 May 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/calc-reform/clolwoogu/ "... One difficulty that many students have with calculus (and other math courses) is that they don't understand the difference between precise mathematical usage of language and ordinary usage of language. Does anyone else have any info to share on how they have attempted to help students understand this difference?" - Ted Stanford ______________________________ + ______________________________ K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching questions, archived by the Math Forum at http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/ - Outdoor math activities (5 May 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/k12.ed.math/plendchulfou/ "I am interested in any activities involving math that can be conducted outdoors. My primary age group is middle school but I might be able to adapt activities geared towards other age groups." - Tammy Muhs ______________________________ + ______________________________ MATH-TEACH, a list established to facilitate the discussion of teaching mathematics, including conversations about the NCTM standards (although not officially sponsored by or affiliated with the NCTM); open to subscription, unmoderated, and archived by the Math Forum at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/math-teach/ - Subject: Tool Box & Academic Intensity (11 May 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/math-teach/primpglikar/ "Clifford Adelman's study, 'Answers in a Tool Box: Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns, and Bachelor's Degree Attainment', is a recent study that educators and education policy makers cannot afford to overlook. His goal was to isolate the principal factors in assessing college completion. Based on a long-term database, statistical analyses identified 'the intensity and quality of the secondary school curriculum' as the best predictor." - Alfred Barron The entire text of the Tool Box papers is available at: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Toolbox/toolbox.html A shorter Executive Summary is available at: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Toolbox/Exec.html ______________________________ + ______________________________ NUMERACY, for those interested in the discussion of educational issues around adult mathematical literacy, archived at: http://mathforum.org/epigone/numeracy/ - Measurement of the classroom (19 May 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/numeracy/vimpplarflerd/ "We have chosen to work specifically on the Geometry and Measurement strand of the Frameworks. Does anyone have any good ideas for advanced lessons?" - Krystal "I teach math for the building trades at a Latino adult education center in Philadelphia. Both measurement and geometry are major subjects. I have made several variations of a hands-on assignment depending on the students' experience with measuring. One involves measuring the classroom and computing the amount of tile we'd need to re-do the floor, paint needed for the walls, measurement of baseboards, and volume of the room for air conditioning..." - MathLyn ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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/ - 'Distance' on permutations ??? (2 May 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/sci.math.research/sneelermwul/ "Does anyone know of a natural 'metric' on (signed) permutations? I ask as 'expatriot physicist' working in molecular biology; we are currently trying to study the evolutionary forces and constraints governing the shuffling of genes within prokaryotic genomes, and their spatial aggregation into clusters of functionally related genes on the chromosome called 'operons'." - Gordon D. Pusch ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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/ - Mathematics as Theater (28 April 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/paywherdwu/ - Mathematics in Literature (7 May 2000) http://mathforum.org/epigone/historia_matematica/rotwoostel/ ______________________________ + ______________________________ 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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