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Volume 5, Number 37

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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


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     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.
            
                   
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               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.

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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


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