### Volume 8, Number 40

 ```6 October 2003 Vol. 8, No. 40 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Ideas for a School's Celebrating National Metric Week Google Calculator | Mr. Pitonyak's Pyramid Puzzle IDEAS FOR A SCHOOL'S CELEBRATING NATIONAL METRIC WEEK http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/ideas.htm Next Friday, October 10 (10/10), is a great time to focus on the metric measurement system. Don Hillger of the U.S. Metric Association (USMA) offers information, resources, and suggestions for celebrating National Metric Week. \|/ T2T FAQ: METRIC WEEK http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.metric.html This FAQ from the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher service provides suggestions for helping students, archived T2T conversations about Metric Week, resources from from the archives of Ask Dr. Math, books for reference, and links to relevant web sites. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- GOOGLE CALCULATOR http://www.google.com/help/features.html#calculator Google's new calculator feature evaluates math expressions. The google.com and the Google Toolbar search boxes now handle queries such as: - 56*78 - half a cup in teaspoons - (G * mass of earth)/(radius of earth ^ 2) - 1.21 GW / 88 mph How to use the Google calculator: http://www.google.com/help/calculator.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MR. PITONYAK'S PYRAMID PUZZLE http://wcvt.com/~tiggr/ This webquest by Mr. Pitonyak is an example of how he provides resources, guidance, and encouragement for his students to build a pyramid. Students are divided into construction teams that research the cost of building a pyramid, explore actual pyramids through online exhibits, and submit calculations that they would use to build their pyramid. \|/ BUILDING A PYRAMID FRISBIE MIDDLE SCHOOL'S MULTICULTURAL MATH FAIR http://mathforum.org/alejandre/mathfair/pyramid2.html Students construct a scale model of the Great Pyramid at Giza. The extension questions challenge students to calculate the surface area and volume of their model. Spanish version: http://mathforum.org/alejandre/mathfair/pyramid2spanish.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 Ask Dr. Math Books http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ ```