10 August, 2012
Volume 17 No. 32
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2012 China Girls Math Olympiad

W|A Clips, Shares — and Computes Mars Landings


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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"At the AP Annual Conference in Orlando last month, I met eight teachers from Beijing. One is the mathematics coordinator for the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University. You might want to email her for suggestions about your student from China."
- Paul, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

2012 China Girls Math Olympiad


Follow the mathematical adventures of eight of the nation's brightest young women as they write outposts chronicling their preparations for, and participation in, the 2012 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO).

With a proof-based format similar to the International Math Olympiad, the CGMO began in 2002 as a regional competition for teams of female students from China and other Asian countries. Invited to participate in 2007, the U.S. has medaled at CGMO ever since. In fact, every member of every U.S. team in the past four years has come home with individual honors.

Funding for this U.S. CGMO project is provided by IBM Research - Almaden, Akamai Foundation, Mathematical Association of America, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Sunlin and Priscilla Chou Foundation, and Science Workshop.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"With many of us starting school now or soon and the Olympics starting to wrap up, does anyone have any lessons using data/stats from the games? I feel like so many concepts could be taught using the Olympics. I loved the article someone posted on the speed of Usain Bolt and noticed other links at the bottom of the article. Those are great visuals for students!"
- Karen, posted to the ap-stat discussion

W|A Clips, Shares — and Computes Mars Landings


Wolfram|Alpha has rolled out a free feature that helps you take the results of your searches with the "computational knowledge engine," and share them on social networks.

Hovering your mouse over a result "pod" reveals the new Clip 'n Share icon. Click it to broadcast your "clipping" on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, and other social media.

Before the advent of Clip 'n Share, whenever you shared a link to a W|A query, such as "high temperature for today," every friend who clicked that link would get a different result, depending on the time and location each person clicked. But Clip 'n Share preserves your own personalized results for a specific moment in time. In the same way, it lets you set particular parameters.

In a drum-roll to Monday's successful rover touch-down by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), another recent W|A blog post provided a quantitative recap of space programs of the past and present that have attempted such feats of aerospace engineering:



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