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Volume 8, Number 40

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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.

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                      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.

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                       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

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                  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.

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                      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
    
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