30 November, 2012
Volume 17 No. 48
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Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2013

Math Girls 2

PNC Christmas Price Index


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Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2013


The Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has begun accepting applications for its three-week residential program taking place in Park City, Utah, from June 30 - July 20, 2013.

Teachers receive full support and a stipend during the 2013 Summer Session of IAS/PCMI. In addition, 6 quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington.

To learn more about the Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), visit


The Math Forum hosts information on PCMI's K-12 programs here, including SSTP working sites dating back to 2001:


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

"Also I thought that this problem was pretty easy, with a little bit of a challenge."
- A., highlighted in the FunPoW's latest solution

Math Girls 2


Earlier this summer, we highlighted the Kickstarter campaign for a popular Japanese young adult novel about math. The translators recently announced the publication date for the resulting book, titled Math Girls 2: Fermat's Last Theorem.

Continuing Hiroshi Yuki's YA fiction that explores "the beauty of mathematics, the excitement of tackling hard problems, and happiness of discussing them with friends," MG2:FLT follows the mathematical journeys of Miruka, Tetra, and new "math girl" Yuri. Topics covered include number theory, modular arithmetic, the basics of abstract algebra (groups, rings, and fields), proof by contradiction and by infinite descent, and Euler's identity.

The hardcover, trade paperback, and digital versions hit shelves Wednesday, 12 December. Until then, freely download the first two chapters here:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"It took me 2 days, but I have a full proof of the method. It is far more complicated than one would expect. This is because, as has been pointed out, the method only works if a, b, and c are relatively prime."
- Bud, posted to the Teacher2Teacher Teachers' Lounge

PNC Christmas Price Index


For the past 29 years, PNC Wealth Management has illustrated the cost of all the gifts involved in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

This year, PNC has created a website to track down the gifts, because they have skipped town! Students go on a virtual trip across six continents, journey down the Amazon, battle the Loch Ness monster, and summon ancient Mayan spirits to find the missing presents. Along the way, PNC's site covers concepts such as inflation and other economic trends.

PNC's partner, The Stock Market Game™, provides accompanying lesson plans in English and Spanish:


Of the 12 gifts, six cost the same this year as they did last year:

  • A Partridge in a Pear Tree
  • Two Turtle Doves
  • Four Calling Birds
  • Eight Maids-a-Milking
  • Nine Ladies Dancing
  • Ten Lords-a-Leaping


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