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Volume 6, Number 12

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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.

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           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.


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    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


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                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
 

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