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Volume 6, Number 43

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22 October 2001                                  Vol. 6, No. 43

                 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

   Fermi Off-The-Wall Math League | Platonic Realms - Smith
         Golden Section and Fibonacci Numbers - Britton


                FERMI OFF-THE-WALL MATH LEAGUE
          Minnesota Intermediate School District 287

      http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermileague.html

  A Fermi question is posed with limited information given, 
  and requires that students ask many more questions; for 
  example, "How many water balloons would it take to fill 
  the school gymnasium?"

  Solve new open-ended problems every week, view hints, and 
  see outstanding solutions to previous problems. To submit 
  solutions online, register with an entry fee of $25 per 
  person per session. An individual, a pair or a team of four 
  may register for this Internet-based project. Session 1 is 
  already underway; Session 2 will start February 4, 2002 
  and run through March 18, 2002.

  Fermi League Rules and Scoring
  http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermirules.html

  Fermi Tips and Links
  http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermitips.html

  Sample Fermi problems and unique solutions
  http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermiarchive.html

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               FERMI QUESTIONS - Sheila Talamo

  http://mathforum.org/workshops/sum96/interdisc/sheila1.html

  Resources include samples of Fermi questions, and an 
  introduction that answers: 

    - Who is Enrico Fermi? 
    - What is a Fermi question? 
    - Why are Fermi questions useful in the K-12 classroom? 

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               PLATONIC REALMS - B. Sidney Smith

                http://www.mathacademy.com/pr/

  The goal of Platonic Realms is to provide free, motivational, 
  and instructional mathematical content for secondary-school 
  and college students. 

  The Platonic Realms Home Page changes daily to display math 
  humor, quotes, historical notes, and mathematical challenges.
  Other features include the Encyclopedia, which is approaching 
  1,000 entries, and two dozen extended articles. The 
  Interactive Quotes Database allows searches by author, topic, 
  and key-phrase.

  The MiniTexts area includes:

    - Infinity: You Can't Get There From Here
    - Number: What Is "How Many?"
    - Studying Math: Coping with Math Anxiety
    - Studying Math: Writing For a Math Class
    - Visual Math: The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher

            http://www.mathacademy.com/pr/minitext/
  

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           GOLDEN SECTION IN ART AND ARCHITECTURE
                FIBONACCI NUMBERS IN NATURE

  Jill Britton, a mathematics instructor at Camosun College in 
  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has created two digital 
  slide shows: 

   http://www.camosun.bc.ca/~jbritton/goldslide/jbgoldslide.htm

    http://www.camosun.bc.ca/~jbritton/fibslide/jbfibslide.htm

  Each site includes commentary and each graphic is linked to 
  a high resolution (800 by 600 dpi) suitable for downloading 
  for your own digital show or as transparency masters. In 
  each page, there are seven animated sequences based on the 
  graphics.


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