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Volume 5, Number 4A  -  January 2000 Discussions

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26 January 2000                              Vol. 5, No. 4A


  This special issue of the Math Forum's weekly newsletter
  highlights recent interesting conversations on Internet 
  math discussion groups.

  For a full list of these groups with links to topics covered
  and information on how to subscribe, see:


  Replies to individual discussions should be addressed to
  the appropriate group rather than to the newsletter editor.

  If you are familiar with a site we don't yet catalog, please
  use our Web form to suggest the link. Your own brief
  annotation will be much appreciated.

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                     JANUARY SUGGESTIONS:                    
AMTE - the mailing list of the Association of Mathematics 
Teacher Educators, archived by the Math Forum at:

- Multicultural mathematics activities (18 Jan. 2000)

 "I need to be able to present some mathematics activities/
  ideas to preservice and inservice teachers that will give
  them some insight into mathematics as seen and developed 
  by different cultures...." - Mark Klespis

  A bibliography and links to resources on the Web are offered
  by those responding to this post.

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AP-CALC - the Advanced Placement Calculus mailing list, hosted 
by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and archived at:
- Logistic equation (14 Jan. 2000)
 "Can someone DEFINE a logistic equation?" - William J. Larson

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K12.ED.MATH - a moderated list on general math teaching 
questions, archived by the Math Forum at

- Favourite Math Word Problem (21 Dec. 1999)

 "I am constantly looking for interesting word problems for my 
  adult students in grade 11 and 12 level math classes. I am 
  convinced that almost every math teacher has been inspired to 
  write one really good word problem... I propose to share my 
  favourite word problem with you in hopes you'll share yours 
  with me." - Velma McKay

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HISTORIA-MATEMATICA - a virtual forum for scholarly discussion 
of the history of mathematics in a broad sense, among 
professionals and non-professionals with a serious interest in 
the field, archived at

- "President Garfield's Proof" (14 Jan. 2000)

 "A number of printed sources contain, under the heading 
  'President Garfield's Proof' (or some variant) an attractive 
  proof of the Pythagorean theorem. The attribution to James 
  Arthur Garfield seems to be widely accepted...."
  - Clark Kimberling

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Quote of the month, from sci.math (see The foot-pound-second 
is here to stay):

 "One imperial unit seems to be used outside the U.S.: the 
  milestone which, as the product of a length and a weight, 
  is a unit of energy. Large projects that cost a lot of 
  energy are often divided in smaller sub-projects of a 
  milestone each." - Helmut Richter

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  will browse and participate in the discussion group(s) of
  your choice. 

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