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18 August 2003 Vol. 8, No. 33 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Math Forum Problems of the Week Opening with New Services Geometry Words | A Collection of Applets - Palu MATH FORUM PROBLEMS OF THE WEEK OPEN THIS MONTH ALONG WITH NEW MEMBERSHIP SERVICES http://mathforum.org/pow/ Our new year of PoWs begins on Monday, August 25, 2003. We'll be offering free bi-weekly problems as we have in the past, and are also developing a number of membership services. Our goal is to engage students in non-routine, open-ended mathematics investigations based on the new standards in math topics, while encouraging clear mathematical communication. We are offering free bi-weekly problems in - math fundamentals - pre-algebra - algebra - geometry The problems will include answer checks so that students and teachers can see if they are on the right track. Students can indicate an interest in free mentoring from mentor groups (college students) and volunteers when it's available. When a problem closes, students will be able to view its full solution for two weeks. In response to our summertime PoW Survey, we are developing a number of the membership services that teachers, parents, and students indicated that they were interested in. Our new paid services will include: - Teacher Account Subscription - Scoring and Summary Subscription - Mentoring Subscription - Bring Your Own Mentor Please continue to check this page to view current product and pricing information: http://mathforum.org/pow/powstatus.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- GEOMETRY WORDS http://www.math.okstate.edu/%7Erpsc/dict/Dictionary.html Students enrolled in a math course for prospective elementary teachers at Oklahoma State University have developed a visual geometry dictionary for kids and their teachers. The visual display is organized into these categories: - Lines and Segments - Angles - Triangles - Quadrilaterals - Polygons - Circles - Folding or Reflecting - Other Terms Other resources developed under the "Rich Problem Solving Contexts" project can be viewed: http://www.math.okstate.edu/%7Erpsc/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- A COLLECTION OF APPLETS - Sione Palu http://mathforum.org/te/exchange/hosted/palu/ Math Tools community member Sione Palu has been working with the staff at the Math Forum to make his Java applets available for classroom use. Palu has offered to consider creating additional applets using topics suggested by teachers. The applets he has created so far include: - Polynomial Roots - Frequency Distribution - Completing the Square - Polynomial Fitting - Statistical Analysis - Number Works - Polynomial Differentiation Read about Palu's background and educational philosophy: http://mathforum.org/te/exchange/hosted/palu/background.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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/ Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ 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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