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11 September 2000 Vol. 5, No. 37 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Early Childhood Math Activities | Complex Numbers - Joyce Helping with Homework - T2T FAQ | TeacherWeb EARLY CHILDHOOD: WHERE LEARNING BEGINS - MATHEMATICS U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EarlyMath/ Mathematical activities for parents and their children ages 2 to 5, in a free printable booklet by Carol Sue Fromboluti and Natalie Rinck, edited by Diane Magarity with illustrations by Barbara Leonard Gibson. For parents and caregivers, this publication focuses attention on children's early lives before they enter school. Contents include: - Preface - why this booklet? - Introduction - how to use the booklet - What is Mathematics? - big concepts in mathematics and some general strategies for helping children learn them - Activities for Your Day - math activities that might easily fit into everyday routines, including: Getting Up in the Morning Waiting at the Doctor's Office or Other Places Around the House Games for More Than One Child - Appendix - children's books on math topics; Web sites, CD-ROMs, and other resources that deal with math - References - for adults -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- DAVE'S SHORT COURSE ON COMPLEX NUMBERS - David Joyce http://www.clarku.edu/~djoyce/complex/ An introduction to complex numbers, intended for a general audience familiar with ordinary real numbers (all positive and negative numbers and zero) and algebra. The unit includes a little history: - quadratic and cubic equations - the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra - the number i and the mathematics: - the complex plane, addition, subtraction - absolute value - multiplication - angles and polar coordinates - reciprocals, conjugation, and division - powers and roots In the section on angles and polar coordinates (optional in an introduction), which goes further into complex numbers, some background in trigonometry is needed. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- HELPING WITH HOMEWORK - T2T FAQ Math Forum, Teacher2Teacher Service http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.homework.taco From the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher service, answers to a frequently asked question: How can I help my child with math homework? Suggestions include ideas to try, archived T2T conversations on the subject, resources from the archives of Ask Dr. Math, and links to relevant Web sites. \|/ Teachers wishing to provide a way for students and parents to view classroom information on the Web may want to explore TeacherWeb, a place to create free, personal pages for posting assignments, announcements, and other educational material: http://TeacherWeb.com/. See a sample, including how homework assignments can be updated, at: http://TeacherWeb.com/AK/Appleton/Applebee/ http://TeacherWeb.com/AK/Appleton/Applebee/uhomework.stm -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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