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10 March 2003 Vol. 8, No. 10 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Math Tools: Building a Community | NASA Educator Astronaut Program Number Recreations - Gupta MATH TOOLS: BUILDING A COMMUNITY With so much math software already available, how do you find just the right tool? How do you figure out which technology really benefits your students? The Math Forum invites you to explore these questions with Math Tools, our new library for mathematics software. We imagine a community library of software for computers, calculators, PDAs, and other handheld devices. With the library's organization, you'll be able to review, discuss, and share classroom activities; examine research; and encourage new software for a number of platforms. See our Preview site to check out the evolving vision: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ We have extended the collection of applets already in the Forum's Library by collaborating with the Shodor Education Foundation, which has contributed applets from Project Interactivate, and Utah State University, which has contributed applets from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. For this preview of the site, we invite you to get a sense of Math Tools by browsing the first area that we've developed, which are tools intended for seventh grade-level math: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/cell.html Our next foci will be precalculus, elementary level mathematics, and graphing calculator applications. To build a more connected community of mathematics teachers, researchers, and curriculum and software developers, we invite you to visit the Math Tools Research Area. Each month, moderator George Reese will post a brief summary of a publication in educational research and pose a few questions for discussion: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/research/ The Math Forum is all about members helping members. Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, Math Tools offers you the opportunity to be part of a new and exciting project. Please spread the word. Let's work together to realize the potential of the Internet to help us, whether we are students, teachers, software developers, researchers, parents or administrators. Contact us now to get in on the ground floor and give us guidance, be a community leader, join in the discussion on educational research or develop resources and programs that meet your needs. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- NASA EDUCATOR ASTRONAUT PROGRAM http://edspace.nasa.gov NASA's Educator Astronaut Program site invites visitors to see learning in a whole new light. Students, educators, and parents can join the Earth Crew and interact with NASA in ground-based projects and missions, meet NASA astronauts and employees, learn what astronauts do and what it's like to live in space, and discover how space exploration impacts our lives on Earth. Areas of the site include: - Earth Crew - Astronaut School - Meet the Astronauts - Living in Space - Bringing Space Home - Explorer's Galaxy - What is an Educator Astronaut? - Nominate a Teacher - How Do I Apply? - What Are the Qualifications? If you prefer a text-only version, start here: http://edspace.nasa.gov/text/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- NUMBER RECREATIONS - Shyam Sunder Gupta http://www.shyamsundergupta.com/ Gupta's site includes recreational aspects of number theory, prime numbers, and features a problem, CYF (Can You Find?). Topics include: - Rare Numbers - Equal Product of Reversible Numbers - Unique Numbers - Unlucky 13 - Fascinating Squares - Curious Properties of 153 - Amicable Numbers (Including Happy and Harshad Amicable Pairs) - Smarandache Sequence of Happy Numbers - Fascinating Triangular Numbers -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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 Donations http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1_MF.asp _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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