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28 January 2002 Vol. 7, No. 4 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoW) Update Erich's Puzzle Palace | UK Virtual Teacher Centre MATH FORUM PROBLEMS OF THE WEEK (PoWs) http://mathforum.org/pow/ Starting with the January 21 problems, all six of our Problems of the Week are open to the public for submissions. New Elementary, Discrete, and Trig/Calc Problems will be posted every other week, and a growing team of mentors will reply to as many students as possible. The Math Forum and Drexel University were recently awarded an NSF grant for the purpose of teaching undergraduate and graduate students how to do online mentoring for the Problems of the Week. This project will work primarily within the Elementary and Middle School PoWs. The Geometry, Algebra, and Middle School Problems now benefit from a new, self-directed format. Students no longer have to wait to hear back from a mentor; instead, they can -- at their own pace -- request hints, consult error-checking strategies, and see solutions after submitting their answers. This new format also encourages interested students to reflect on how their solutions compare to those of other students. Mentors will reply to as many students as possible, but students can use these new additions to the problem solving process to learn on their own. Status of the Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/powstatus.html Problems of the Week Book, Volume 1 http://mathforum.org/powbook.html Problems Library http://mathforum.org/library/problems -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ERICH'S PUZZLE PALACE - Erich Friedman http://www.stetson.edu/~efriedma/puzzle.html A site devoted to mathematical puzzles and their solutions, written by Erich Friedman, an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Chair of Math and Computer Science at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida. Categories include: - Mirror Puzzles - Number Puzzles - Hex Loop Puzzles - Path Puzzles - Battleship Puzzles - Triangulation Puzzles - Grid Puzzles - Criss-Cross Puzzles - Chess-Num Puzzles - Weight Puzzles - Logic Puzzles - Equation Puzzles - Rolling Block Mazes - Square Puzzles - Numerical Jigsaw Puzzles - Distance Puzzles - Rectangle Puzzles - MathPuzzle.com Puzzles - Number Link Puzzles - Pentomino Puzzles - My World Championship Puzzles -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- UK VIRTUAL TEACHER CENTRE http://curriculum.becta.org.uk/docserver.php?temid=89 The United Kingdom Virtual Teacher Centre focuses on the enhancement of teaching and learning across the curriculum through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Sections under mathematics include ICT and Mathematics, ICT materials, ICT in Practice, Managing ICT, and Internet resources. The following two areas have a variety of PDF files to download and view: The Role of Calculators in Primary Mathematics http://curriculum.becta.org.uk/docserver.php?docid=2685 Using On-line, Downloadable and Adaptable Resources to Support the Teaching of Primary Mathematics http://curriculum.becta.org.uk/docserver.php?docid=3814 -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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