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27 November 2000 Vol. 5, No. 48 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Connect-ME - Queen's University, Canada Jim Loy's Mathematics Page | Let's Do Math! - Cynthia Lanius CONNECT-ME - Queen's University, Canada http://hydra.educ.queensu.ca/CM/ Connect-ME is a place where the community of elementary school math teachers formed by and growing out of the Joy of X enrichment series can meet to share problems, resources, and stories. The site includes: Joy of X: information about workshop participants, resources from workshops, and research publications Xplore collection: open problems that teachers have posed, posted, and are working on. Browse through them and see how other teachers have approached them; then contribute your own. Xtra pages: news and updates about the Connect-ME site Xchange centre: discussions of issues around elementary mathematics education XOS: advice and help for Connect-ME teachers, including archives and frequently asked questions Xcite resources: a collection of exemplary on-line resources for teaching and learning elementary school mathematics http://hydra.educ.queensu.ca/CM/xcite.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- JIM LOY'S MATHEMATICS PAGE http://www.mcn.net/~jimloy/math.html An informal collection of articles on many different mathematics problems. Topics include: - Algebra - Geometry - Calculus and Pre-Calculus - Arithmetic, Roman Numerals - Calendars - Number Theory - Fractals & Chaos - Other Topics - Book Reviews - Other Links Some of the articles provide advice to students; others could be used by teachers to communicate a mathematical law: Ace That Test http://www.mcn.net/~jimloy/ace.html Distributive Law http://www.mcn.net/~jimloy/distrib.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- LET'S DO MATH! - Cynthia Lanius http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/domath/ Maria and her friend Cassie love doing math. The first problem they solve together is counting all the squares on a checkerboard. They aren't just looking at the individual squares, but at all the different-sized squares that could be counted. To help organize their counting, Maria and Cassie make a table based on the different squares, and then go on to discover a pattern. Other Do Math problems include: - probability of rolling 5 - the Towers of Hanoi - predicting with cards - comparative shopping Interactive activities help students follow Maria's and Cassie's thinking as they solve these non-standard problems. Let's Do Math! forms part of Cynthia Lanius' math lessons, which feature subjects as diverse as infinite series, fractals, cartography, dueling pinwheels, a hot tub (interpreting graphs), and more: http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/Lessons/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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