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31 December, 2010 Vol. 15, No. 53

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2011
Lesson Plans from Fredonia | Gombert's Gadgets

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IAS/PCMI APPLICATIONS DUE FOR SUMMER 2011

http://pcmi.ias.edu/application-sstp/

Apply by January 31 to attend the 2011 Summer Session of
IAS/PCMI, the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) of the
Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a three-week residential
program taking place in Park City, Utah, from July 3 -
July 23, 2011.

This year, PCMI's education topic is Making Mathematical
Connections. To learn more about the Secondary School Teachers
Program (SSTP), visit

http://pcmi.ias.edu/program-sstp/

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

http://mathforum.org/pcmi/

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"The third edition of The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European
Roots of Mathematics was brought out only yesterday. Princeton
University Press has done a marvelous job and the presentation
and the new material (30% more) have been
improved immeasurably."

- Milo, posted to the math-history-list discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2224170

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LESSON PLANS FROM FREDONIA

These PDFs of original lesson plans and ideas come from the
State University of New York at Fredonia, where future math
teachers recently completed a fall course entitled "Methods
for Teaching Middle and Secondary Mathematics":

- Count Like an Egyptian
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-count

- Math Mummies
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-mummies

- Musical Monsters
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-monsters

- Shape Shifter
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-shape

- Spooktacular Spectacle
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-spook

- Tower of Terror
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-tower

- When Monsters Attack
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-attack

The pre-service cohort also presented at the annual conference
of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State:

- Best Math Games Ever
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-games

- Devious Derivatives
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-derivatives

- Duplation and Mediation
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-duplation

- Math Busters
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-statistics

- The Non-Electric Slide Rule
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-logarithms

- Project Proportion
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-proportion

- Put a Little Riddle in Your Step
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-riddles

- Water and Rice Speak Volumes
http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-volume

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Great ideas, was trying for a solution without l'Hopital but
of course both solutions are great. Thanks everyone."

- Matt, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7346071

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GOMBERT'S GADGETS

http://jangombert.com/

Gombert's five "gadgets" challenge students to add, multiply,
factor, and perform two- and three-dimensional geometric
calculations -- sometimes in combination.

"Shape Up" presents you with a figure on a grid to re-size so
that it achieves a target perimeter or area. "Find Rex,"
reminiscent of Minesweeper, conceals a rectangle within its
grid; deduce the quadrilateral's area by clicking the grid to
reveal either its component squares or those outside the hidden
shape. "Cubit" provides practice with factoring in the context
of 3D geometry: use a given number of cubes to make the
rectangular parallelepiped with the volume specified.

All set in one small screen, these three "math in a minute"
challenges and two more track overall performance. The author
invites math teachers to add his panel of educational games to
their iGoogle or other web pages.

During eight years of teaching math in high schools and
community colleges "from England to Detroit," Gombert first
started developing software to provide his students with online
practice in basic math skills such as number sentences, signed
numbers, number facts, powers of ten, and simplifying
fractions. From his teaching career, he also freely offers 20
downloadable lessons and 20 problems "that are an inch or so
outside the standard curriculum":

http://jangombert.com/Math/

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"The third edition of <i>The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European
Roots of Mathematics</i> was brought out only yesterday. Princeton
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State University of New York at Fredonia, where future math
teachers recently completed a fall course entitled "Methods
for Teaching Middle and Secondary Mathematics":
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<dl compact>
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Count Like an Egyptian
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<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-count">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-count</a>
</dd>
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Math Mummies
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<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-mummies">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-mummies</a>
</dd>
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Musical Monsters
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<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-monsters">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-monsters</a>
</dd>
<br>&nbsp;<br>
<dt>
Shape Shifter
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-shape">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-shape</a>
</dd>
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<dt>
Spooktacular Spectacle
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<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-spook">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-spook</a>
</dd>
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Tower of Terror
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<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-tower">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-tower</a>
</dd>
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When Monsters Attack
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<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-attack">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-attack</a>
</dd>
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<p>
The pre-service cohort also presented at the annual conference
of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State:
</p>
<dl compact>
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Best Math Games Ever
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-games">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-games</a>
</dd>
<br>&nbsp;<br>
<dt>
Devious Derivatives
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-derivatives">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-derivatives</a>
</dd>
<br>&nbsp;<br>
<dt>
Duplation and Mediation
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-duplation">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-duplation</a>
</dd>
<br>&nbsp;<br>
<dt>
Math Busters
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-statistics">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-statistics</a>
</dd>
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<dt>
The Non-Electric Slide Rule
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-logarithms">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-logarithms</a>
</dd>
<br>&nbsp;<br>
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Project Proportion
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-proportion">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-proportion</a>
</dd>
<br>&nbsp;<br>
<dt>
Put a Little Riddle in Your Step
</dt>
<dd>
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-riddles">http://tinyurl.com/fredonia-riddles</a>
</dd>
<br>&nbsp;<br>
<dt>
Water and Rice Speak Volumes
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"Great ideas, was trying for a solution without l'H&ocirc;pital but
of course both solutions are great. Thanks everyone."
<dd>
- Matt, posted to the ap-calculus discussion
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</p>
<p>
These five "gadgets" challenge students to add, multiply,
factor, and perform two- and three-dimensional geometric
calculations &mdash; sometimes in combination.
</p>
<p>
"Shape Up" presents you with a figure on a grid to re-size so
that it achieves a target perimeter or area. "Find Rex,"
reminiscent of Minesweeper, conceals a rectangle within its
grid; deduce the quadrilateral's area by clicking the grid to
reveal either its component squares or those outside the hidden
shape. "Cubit" provides practice with factoring in the context
of 3D geometry: use a given number of cubes to make the
rectangular parallelepiped with the volume specified.
</p>
<p>
All set in one small screen, these three "math in a minute"
challenges and two more track overall performance. The author
invites math teachers to add his panel of educational games to
their iGoogle or other web pages.
</p>
<p>
During eight years of teaching math in high schools and
community colleges "from England to Detroit," Gombert first
started developing software to provide his students with online
practice in basic math skills such as number sentences, signed
numbers, number facts, powers of ten, and simplifying
fractions. From his teaching career, he also freely offers 20
downloadable lessons and 20 problems "that are an inch or so
outside the standard curriculum":
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://jangombert.com/Math/">http://jangombert.com/Math/</a></p>
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