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30 August 2004 Vol. 9, No. 35 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Math Forum Problems of the Week (PoWs) | Teacher Membership Active Problem Library MATH FORUM PROBLEMS OF THE WEEK (POWS) http://mathforum.org/pow/ Our new year of PoWs began on Monday, August 23, 2004, with new problems in Math Fundamentals and Algebra. The Pre-Algebra and Geometry PoWs start on Monday, August 30. Our goal is to engage students in non-routine, open-ended mathematics investigations based on the NCTM Standards in math topics, while encouraging clear mathematical communication. As we did last school year, we are offering four free bi-weekly problems, with answer checks so that students and teachers can see if they are on the right track: - Math Fundamentals http://mathforum.org/funpow/ - Pre-Algebra http://mathforum.org/prealgpow/ - Algebra http://mathforum.org/algpow/ - Geometry http://mathforum.org/geopow/ Students can ask for free mentoring, which is often available from volunteers and, less frequently, mentor groups (usually pre-service teachers). Students can also subscribe for Priority Mentoring, and receive prompt and thorough feedback on their work. When a PoW closes, students will be able to view its full solution for two weeks. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TEACHER MEMBERSHIP A $20 Teacher Membership supports the overall Math Forum website, and gives you: - unrestricted access to the Active Problem Library - an account to monitor student submissions (including the Active Problem Library) - access to organized online materials and activities Organized materials for the new PoWs include Teacher Support pages, available every other Thursday with a problem when it comes up for preview. Each Teacher Support page outlines the concepts involved in a PoW and provides connections to Standards and related problems. Many of the problems in the Active Problem Library also have Teacher Support pages, an example of which you may sample here without membership: http://mathforum.org/pow/support/pow3.teacher.html For a list of all problems that have accompanying Teacher Support pages, please visit the following link. (Viewing the actual pages themselves requires a membership.) http://mathforum.org/pow/support/ Read about all levels of Math Forum Membership Services here: http://mathforum.org/pow/powcharges.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ACTIVE PROBLEM LIBRARY http://mathforum.org/library/problems/ Students may choose from over 800 creative, non-routine challenges in the Math Forum's Active Problem Library, and submit solutions for them at any time. Encompassing all past and active services, the Active Problem Library organizes the Problems of the Week for browsing by mathematics topic and story topic. In addition, it rates problems for difficulty level and provides for searching by keyword. The public has free access to browse the library. For unrestricted access and submission to the Active Problem Library, subscribe to Membership Services, available for: - Student - Teacher - Class - School - Parent -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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