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17 July 2000 Vol. 5, No. 29 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Project Mathematics! | AbSuRd MaTh - Cain New Mathematical Constant PROJECT MATHEMATICS! Apostol, Blinn, Corrigan, California Institute of Technology http://www.projmath.caltech.edu/ http://www.projectmathematics.com/ Videotape-and-workbook modules designed to explore basic topics in high school mathematics in ways that cannot be done at the chalkboard or in a textbook. The tapes use live action, music, special effects, and computer animation, and are distributed on a nonprofit basis. Each module consists of a videotape and a workbook, and explores a basic topic in mathematics that can be easily integrated into existing high school or community college curricula. The modules encourage interaction between students and teachers, and include: - The Theorem of Pythagoras - The Story of Pi - Similarity - Polynomials - Sines and Cosines Periodic functions Trigonometry Addition formulas - The Tunnel of Samos - Teachers Workshop In addition, an Early History of Mathematics videotape traces some mathematical landmarks: http://www.projmath.caltech.edu/history.htm http://www.projectmathematics.com/history.htm -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ABSURD MATH - Michael Cain Pre-algebra from another dimension HRM Video and LearningWave Communications http://www.learningwave.com/abmath/ An interactive problem-solving game series where the ultimate power depends on mathematical skill and knowledge. Many pages have hidden clues and areas; when players need help, they may email the staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may also request answer keys. Games include: - Nomean City: a powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers - Dr. Plenobius: identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of the doctor's lab rabbits - The 7th Floor of the Hotel Unknown: find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective - Airtight College: your quest to save the alien creature continues Also try The Challenge of the 7 Cups: solve algebra and complex geometry problems to find the lost cup that can transform sadness into joy and joy into sadness. http://www.learningwave.com/abmath/7cups/ AbSuRd MaTh is hosted by LearningWave Communications: http://www.learningwave.com/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- NEW MATHEMATICAL CONSTANT Computer scientist Divakar Viswanath, of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California, introduced an element of randomness into the Fibonacci sequence and discovered a new mathematical constant: the number 1.13198824.... Read more in these two articles: NEW MATHEMATICAL CONSTANT DISCOVERED - Keith Devlin, Devlin's Angle, MAA Online http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_3_99.html FIBONACCI AT RANDOM - Ivars Peterson, Science News Online http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc99/6_12_99/bob1.htm -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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