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25 September 2000 Vol. 5, No. 39 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Dynamical Systems & Technology Project - Boston U. Mathweb2000 | What Good is Math? THE DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECT AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY - Robert L. Devaney http://math.bu.edu/DYSYS/ An NSF-sponsored project that introduces contemporary topics in mathematics (chaos, fractals, dynamics) to secondary-school and college teachers of mathematics, offering suggestions for how to use technology effectively in this process. Interactive papers explore the mathematics behind such topics as iterated function systems (the chaos game) and the Mandelbrot and Julia sets, with some Java applets for chaos and fractals. Contents include: - The Mandelbrot Set Explorer - JAVA Applets for chaos and fractals - Chaos, Fractals, and Arcadia - Mathematics Field Days (for high school students), featuring a Fractal Quiz: http://math.bu.edu/DYSYS/field-day/quiz.html For more on cellular automata, chaos, fluid dynamics, fractals, and nonlinear dynamics, see the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library - Dynamical Systems: http://mathforum.org/library/topics/dynamical_systems/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHWEB 2000 http://www.groupjazz.com/mathweb2000/ For classroom teachers, researchers, supervisors, administrators, and education professors, an online math conference (30 Oct. through 17 Nov. 2000) on assessment as an issue central to mathematics education. The conference aims to make professional enrichment accessible throughout the country through the use of technology. A program with information about sessions is on the Web at: http://www.groupjazz.com/mathweb2000/program.html Mathweb2000 is a joint project sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), PBS, Hewlett-Packard, Modeling Middle School Mathematics, and the Show-Me Center, and is co-produced by Bolster Education and Group Jazz, Inc. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- WHAT GOOD IS MATH? - University of Richmond http://www.richmond.edu/~ed344/webunits/math/home.htm A site created by pre-service math teachers, designed to show middle school students how math can be useful in their everyday lives. Topics include art, grades, sports, planning a party or a trip, and finance: - Art and Math: How Are They Related? - How Did I Get a C in Spanish? - How Do I Get the Most For My Shopping Dollar? - Mathletics! or Is There Math in Sports? [NEW] - So You're Planning a Party? - So You're Planning a Trip? - Will I Ever Be Able to Fill My Piggy Bank? For more on why and how to study math, see the Dr. Math FAQ: http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.why.math.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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