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25 March, 2011 Vol. 16, No. 12

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"This is the way homework goes every week -- I have to work to
undo the formulaic thinking she's been taught, help her to
understand why she'd doing what she's doing, and then we have
to 'package' it very carefully to be sure the teacher does not
penalize her for any creativity or off the page thinking. I
just keep showing her why she's doing things, and we're very
clear on when she's jumping through hoops for the grade vs.
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- Julie, posted to the math-learn discussion

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RADIATION DOSE CHART

http://xkcd.com/radiation/

By representing sieverts with colored unit squares, this series
of nested charts shows the ionizing radiation

- from eating one banana
- from spending one day in Japan 50km northwest of Fukushima
after the earthquake and tsunami
- from a year of living in a stone, concrete, or
brick building
- considered the lowest one-year dose clearly linked to
increased cancer risk
- from spending an hour on the grounds at the Chernobyl
plant in 2010
- from taking an airplane flight from New York to Los Angeles
- considered the maximum external dose from the Three Mile
Island accident
- established by the Environmental Protection Agency as a
limit for emergency workers in lifesaving operations
- considered fatal
- ... and more

Sources include the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology; the Idaho National Laboratory;
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and the MIT Department
of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

Randall Munroe, who worked on robots at NASA's Langley Research
Center before creating the webcomic xkcd, made this chart with
help from Ellen McManis, a Senior Reactor Operator at the Reed
Research Reactor. Munroe blogged that McManis

"... has been spending the last few days answering
questions about radiation dosage virtually nonstop
(I've actually seen her interrupt them with
'brb, reactor')."

McManis' own graphical introduction to everyday doses, US
regulatory limits, extreme doses, and the inverse square law
provides further context to the events still unfolding at the
Fukushima nuclear power plant:

http://people.reed.edu/~emcmanis/radiation.html

For a Japanese language translation of Munroe's chart, see

http://gaagle.jp/gagazine/kiji_img/969/houshasenryou2.png

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"A neat thing about Skitch's method is his 'guess' is the same
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"This is the way homework goes every week -- I have to work to
undo the formulaic thinking she's been taught, help her to
understand why she'd doing what she's doing, and then we have
to 'package' it very carefully to be sure the teacher does not
penalize her for any creativity or off the page thinking. I
just keep showing her why she's doing things, and we're very
clear on when she's jumping through hoops for the grade vs.
doing something the way it makes sense to her. I try to keep
her motivated to use her reasoning...."
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- Julie, posted to the math-learn discussion
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Radiation Dose Chart</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://xkcd.com/radiation/">http://xkcd.com/radiation/</a>
</p>
<p>
By representing sieverts with colored unit squares, this series
of nested charts shows the ionizing radiation
</p>
<ul>
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from eating one banana
</li>
<li>
from spending one day in Japan 50km northwest of Fukushima
after the earthquake and tsunami
</li>
<li>
from a year of living in a stone, concrete, or
brick building
</li>
<li>
considered the lowest one-year dose clearly linked to
increased cancer risk
</li>
<li>
from spending an hour on the grounds at the Chernobyl
plant in 2010
</li>
<li>
from taking an airplane flight from New York to Los Angeles
</li>
<li>
considered the maximum external dose from the Three Mile
Island accident
</li>
<li>
established by the Environmental Protection Agency as a
limit for emergency workers in lifesaving operations
</li>
<li>
considered fatal
</li>
<li>
... and more
</li>
</ul>
<p>
Sources include the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology; the Idaho National Laboratory;
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and the MIT Department
of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
</p>
<p>
Randall Munroe, who worked on robots at NASA's Langley Research
Center before creating the webcomic xkcd, made this chart with
help from Ellen McManis, a Senior Reactor Operator at the Reed
Research Reactor. Munroe blogged that McManis
</p>
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"... has been spending the last few days answering
questions about radiation dosage virtually nonstop
(I've actually seen her interrupt them with
'brb, reactor')."
</blockquote>
</p>
<p>
McManis' own graphical introduction to everyday doses, US
regulatory limits, extreme doses, and the inverse square law
provides further context to the events still unfolding at the
Fukushima nuclear power plant:
</p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://people.reed.edu/~emcmanis/radiation.html">http://people.reed.edu/~emcmanis/radiation.html</a>
</p>
<p>
For a Japanese language translation of Munroe's chart, see
</p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://gaagle.jp/gagazine/kiji_img/969/houshasenryou2.png">http://gaagle.jp/gagazine/kiji_img/969/houshasenryou2.png</a>
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