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1 September 2003 Vol. 8, No. 35 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra | Simon Says Thinking Fountain Shapes Cluster DR. MATH GETS YOU READY FOR ALGEBRA by the Math Forum @ Drexel John Wiley & Sons ISBN 0-471-22556-8 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471225568/themathforum/ For almost a decade, kids have been writing to Dr. Math at the Math Forum Web site with questions about their math problems. And the math doctors at The Math Forum @ Drexel have been replying with clear explanations and helpful hints. "Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra" helps prepare kids for one of the biggest leaps in their math learning experience -- the jump from the concrete world of numbers and real objects to the abstract world of letters and symbols. The book includes dozens of letters from kids who've had trouble understanding the basic math concepts used in algebra, along with answers from trained volunteers drawn from a pool of college students, mathematicians, teachers, and professionals from the mathematical community. Topics covered include fundamental operations, integers, real numbers, equations with variables, algebra applications, and much more. For more information and a link to purchase the book from Amazon.com, please visit: http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html The second book, "Dr. Math Explains Algebra," is available for advance purchase through Amazon.com and will be on bookstore shelves in November, 2003. The third and fourth books will cover geometry and will be available in 2004. We hope the books will find a place in classroom, library, and home collections. We invite you to display a link from your school's website to our book information page. Please use the information given on this page: http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.math.links.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- SIMON SAYS... http://www.ngsc.k12.in.us/tickit/DESKTOP%20TICKIT%20SEM%202/Simon1.htm Jeanne Winters from Princeton Community High School has designed a WebQuest for her calculus students. The WebQuest addresses the concepts of integration, elliptical curves, cylinders and the forces of gravity and lift. Using the resource links provided, students must design the hull of a blimp. This requires deriving definite integrals, and using technology to check work or approximate the "un-evaluate-able" integrals when necessary. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- THINKING FOUNTAIN SHAPES CLUSTER http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/tf/nav/shapescluster.html The Science Museum of Minnesota offers hands-on experiments and activities that relate shapes to elementary math, science, and language arts. Each page lists related activities or resources, including recommended books. Other Thinking Fountain clusters include: - Tropical Rainforest - Loose Parts - Tools for Investigation - Science Props - Books You Can Use - Students as Designers - Journey North - Air - Project Galleries -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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