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19 March 2001 Vol. 6, No. 12 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS String Figures, Mathematics, Origin - Probert Appetizers & Lessons for Math & Reason - Selby 2001 Regional Conference - Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium @ RBS STRING FIGURES, MATHEMATICS, ORIGIN - Martin Probert http://website.lineone.net/~m.p/sf/menu.html A mathematical analysis of string figures (Cat's Cradle, Jacob's Ladder, etc.), comments on their history and origins, and original string figure designs by the author. \|/ INTERNATIONAL STRING FIGURE ASSOCIATION http://www.isfa.org/ String figure publications, links, projects, and an e-mail discussion group. The site has versions in several languages: English, French, German, and Japanese. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- APPETIZERS AND LESSONS FOR MATH AND REASON - Alan Selby http://whyslopes.com/ Alan Selby's mathematics appetizers range over arithmetic review problems, notions of what variables are, skills leading to algebra, painless theorem proving, complex numbers with some trig, the importance of slope (some calculus), a decimal perspective of error control and continuity (more calculus), and renaming the "greater than" sign (back to algebra). Intended for the learning and teaching of mathematics at the high school and college level, the site also offers some reflections that support teachers' use of the materials for their own learning. Sections include: - Eight Steps or Milestones for High School & College Mathematics http://whyslopes.com/freeAccess/eight_steps_or_milestones.html The eight steps offer a base for reviewing, learning or teaching high school and college level mathematics in class or by yourself at home. - Pattern Based Reason (Vol 1A) http://whyslopes.com/volume1a/index.html A book in eighteen chapters that describes the origins, benefits and limits of rule- and pattern-based thought and processes in daily life, society, science and mathematics. - Applet http://whyslopes.com/freeAccess/applet.html Shows how to multiply and add complex numbers (vectors in the plane). - Book Descriptions http://whyslopes.com/freeAccess/bookDescriptions.html - Book Shop http://whyslopes.com/freeAccess/bookshop.html - Helping Your Child Learn http://whyslopes.com/ParentCenter/index.html Suggestions on how to help children aged 7-16 learn in school. A version in French is also available: http://whyslopes.com/francais/index.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- LEARN GLOBALLY, TEACH LOCALLY: HELPING ALL STUDENTS REACH HIGH STANDARDS http://www.rbs.org/ec.nsf/pages/2001ConfAnn The 2001 Regional Conference for Mathematics & Science Educators in Washington, DC, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, presented by Mid-Atlantic Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education @ RBS, will be held this year in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on April 23 - 24, 2001. The conference program, registration form and information on accommodations are all available online. Principal topics and features of the conference will include: - TIMSS-R and Benchmarking in Mid-Atlantic states - Professional Development that impacts all students - Nationally-recognized speakers/session leaders - Small group sessions with in-depth discussion - Networking and resource sharing opportunities -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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