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This is an experimental project
You are welcome to use it, but please be aware
that unexpected bugs and problems may occur.

Frequently Asked Questions

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About the ESCOT Problems

The Educational Software Components of Tomorrow (ESCOT) Problems, aligned with the middle school curriculum, but not replacing the current Middle School Problems of the Week, include interactive Java applets designed to help students visualize the mathematics involved in finding a solution. You will need to download software, which will be made available to you when you click on the applet link, in order to participate in this project.

A new problem will be posted on the first and third Monday of each month. The last problem this school year will be posted on June 4, 2001.

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Computer requirements to run the ESCOT applets

The ESCOT Problems use java applets. In order to run these, you have to download a java plug-in. The requirements are different for different computer setups, so please go to the page to see if your system can run them.

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When are solutions due?

Unlike the other PoWs, submissions will be accepted through the Wednesday following the week of the problem; e.g. answers for the October 2, 2000 problem was accepted through October 9. The posting of problems is automated and the submission form is removed at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Revisions to solutions will be accepted through the Friday following the week of the problem, e.g. replies for the October 2, 2000 problem was accepted through October 12.

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When are solutions posted?

Sample solutions will be posted on the Friday following the week of the problem; e.g. sample solutions for the October 2, 2000 problem was posted on October 13.

A complete list of student and correct solutions will be posted as soon as the mentors have completed their work. The timing of this posting may vary from week to week.

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How can I revise my solution?

A mentor will write to you about your solution. You can revise your solution by going to the URL that is in the email that the mentor sends you.

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What is ESCOT?

Educational Software Components of Tomorrow (ESCOT) Problems provide interactive software tools (applets) to solve or explore the problem.

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Who are the ESCOT Problems intended for?

The ESCOT Problems are currently being created for Middle School students, but high school teachers have indicated that some of them are appropriate for high school students at all different levels.

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Comments or questions

While the Problems cannot please everyone all the time, we are open to suggestions. If you have comments on anything written here, or questions that have not been addressed, please write to webmaster@mathforum.org .

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