Volume 9, Number 2

 ```12 January 2004 Vol. 9, No. 2 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS 2004 Mathematics Game | 40th Mersenne Prime Discovered The Atoms Family 2004 MATHEMATICS GAME - Judy Ann Brown http://mathforum.org/yeargame/2004/ Write expressions for each of the counting numbers 1 through 100, using the digits in the year 2004, standard operations, and grouping symbols. This puzzle is appropriate for students in grades 3-12 with a general knowledge of mathematics. Students may use the Web form to submit solutions starting January 9, 2004; revisit the site after February 1, 2004, to see the first solutions. Pages available for printing: Worksheet http://mathforum.org/yeargame/2004/2004.worksheet.html Rules of the Game http://mathforum.org/yeargame/2004/2004.rules.html Manipulative Worksheet http://mathforum.org/yeargame/2004/2004.manipulative.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 40TH MERSENNE PRIME DISCOVERED http://www.utm.edu/research/primes/notes/20996011/index.html Chris Caldwell reports, "Michael Shafer, a 26 year-old volunteer in the Mersenne.org research project called the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), has discovered the largest known prime number. Shafer used a Michigan State University lab PC and free software by George Woltman and Scott Kurowski as part of an international grid of 211,000 networked computers in virtually every time zone of the world." For more information on prime numbers visit Caldwell's site: THE PRIME PAGES http://primes.utm.edu/ - The Largest Known Primes - Prime Links - Lists of Primes - Finding Primes, Proving Primality - The Largest Known Prime by Year: A Brief History -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- THE ATOMS FAMILY http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/index.html "The Atoms Family" is an online exhibit by the Miami Museum of Science and Science Learning Network. It contains educational activities for middle and high school students relating to different forms of energy, as presented by famous gothic horror characters. Activities include: The Mummy's Tomb - Learn about energy conservation, kinetic, and potential energy Dracula's Library - Learn about the properties of light, waves, and particles Frankenstein's Lightning Laboratory - Learn about different forms of electricity and electrical safety The Phantom's Portrait Parlor - Learn about the principles of atoms and matter The Wolf Man's Ghostly Graveyard - Learn about fuel conservation and energy transfer A Japanese language version is available: http://www.jsf.or.jp/sln/atoms_J_master/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ ```