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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 \|/ 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? -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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