19 October, 2012
Volume 17 No. 42
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Stella v5.0

Calling All Mathematical Halloween Pumpkins


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A Special Offer from Make It Real Learning


Make It Real Learning (MIRL) has announced a drawing just for the Math Forum community.

No purchase necessary for this chance to win MIRL's Everything Bundle. Valued at $84.99, it consists of Library Volumes I and II — each brimming with 110 real-world learning activities and worked-out solutions — as well as its 50 State Bundle, a math adventure across the United States with instructions, 4,000 total practice problems based on data taken directly from the Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract, and "What's the big idea?" pages that give learners the opportunity to reflect on what they've learned.

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This same page also lets the Forum community enjoy its 31% discount on MIRL's entire product line.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"I discovered I could flip and rotate the small triangles. It helped me very much because I was having trouble with the parallelogram! I did not like the parallelogram! I think I liked this problem. It made me feel like I was learning Geometry. When I'm at home I'm going to add the Virtual Tangrams site to favorites. I also learned how to spell parallelogram."
- Logan, highlighted in the FunPoW's latest solution

Stella v5.0


Robert Webb has recently updated Stella, his software for creating polyhedra and printing out their nets.

This major release features slideshow tours, the ability to create convex hulls of 3D folding nets, dozens of improvements to measurement and navigation, and animated transitions between polyhedra: as you step through them, each one will fly off the screen as the next one flies into place.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I am gathering a number of the things I used with classes over the years, and updating them in Sketchpad Java and/or GeoGebra. Feel free to use, borrow, or steal anything."
- Dave, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Calling All Mathematical Halloween Pumpkins


Decorating your Halloween pumpkin mathematically this year? The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) wants to know.

Send photos of your mathematical gourds to editor@maa.org to see them added to the MAA's Facebook gallery. MAA will feature the best one on its Halloween MAA Found Math page.

For inspiration, check out the carvings from last year:



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