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11 December 2000 Vol. 5, No. 50 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS The Making Mathematics Project | Varnelle's Primary Math - Measurement MathDEN | Mathematics Department - Phillips Exeter Academy THE MAKING MATHEMATICS PROJECT http://www2.edc.org/makingmath/student.asp The Making Mathematics project is looking for students! Working mathematicians will mentor middle and high school students as they engage in fun, interesting, and challenging math research projects. For more information and to apply, please visit http://www2.edc.org/makingmath/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- VARNELLE'S PRIMARY MATH - INTRODUCTION TO MEASUREMENT http://mathforum.org/varnelle/krods.html Math Forum Summer Institute 2000 participant Varnelle Moore's unit introduces young children (K-2) to beginning concepts in measurement: - building houses - short vs. tall - brick walls - designing bridges - measurement using non-standard units Each lesson includes an interactive, manipulative-based project, technology, paper/pencil practice, and literature connections. Activities are aligned to the NCTM Standards and to the Philadelphia Mathematics Content Standards. Helpful links and teacher support extension ideas are also provided: http://mathforum.org/varnelle/krods4.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHDEN - ACT360 Media Ltd. MathDEN presents a new set of competition-level questions every Thursday. The questions are organized according to students' mathematical abilities. To explore this site, use guest as username and password. http://www3.actden.com/math_den/index.htm Stage 1 (ages 12-14, emphasis on abstract reasoning and word problems) - arithmetic computation - introductory geometry - elementary algebra Stage 2 (ages 13-15, emphasis on geometry) - introducing linear functions Stage 3 (ages 15-17) - functions: parabolas, circles, hyperbolas, and ellipses - does not include logarithms or trigonometry - complex word problems Stage 4 (ages 16-18) - logarithms - trigonometry A Personal Progress Report that tracks the first attempt at any question set is available with free registration. http://www3.actden.com/register.htm Other features include: Math Challenge: a new number and logic-based question each week. Hot Math Tips: how to use basic addition and multiplication skills to increase calculating speed Math on the Net: a list of links to other selected math sites. Teacher's Guide: site rationale and information -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT - Phillips Exeter Academy http://math.exeter.edu/dept/ Review the academy's goals in mathematics education: http://www.exeter.edu/math/default.html Problem sets written by members of the mathematics department, focusing on algebra, integrated mathematics (algebra and geometry), and calculus, are available as PDF files: http://math.exeter.edu/dept/problems/Math2/materials.html Peanut Software for Windows, by Phillips Exeter teacher Rick Parris, offers free mathematics software: http://math.exeter.edu/rparris/ - Wingeom: high-precision geometric constructions - Winplot: a general-purpose plotting utility - Winstats: scatter plots, curve fitting, histograms, statistical data, and standard theoretical probability distributions - Winfeed: a fractal exploration program - Winlab: conic sections, star polygons, three-body simulator, a root-finding utility for elementary functions, a 2-dim mapping visualization, roulettes, random functional graphs, and an exploration window for Penrose tilings - Windisc: discrete-math topics - Winmat: matrices and linear algebra problems - Wincalc: a high-precision integer calculator - Winarc: a collection of game subprograms -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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