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13 January, 2012 Vol. 17, No. 2

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2012
Winter Fermi Math League | Real-World Math with Vernier

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

Reminder: apply by Tuesday, January 31st, to attend the 2012
Summer Session of IAS/PCMI, the Park City Mathematics Institute
(PCMI) of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). This three-
week residential program takes place in Park City, Utah, from
July 1 - July 21, 2012.

Teachers receive full support and a stipend during the Summer
Session. 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

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

"Now, as I metacognitate, I realize that I could've done
better on one thing: answering the actual question. What I
think would help me improve on this would be reading the
question a couple of times, so I would clearly understand it
and solve the actual question, instead of making up my own
question (unconsciously) and solving that one."

- Sarah, reflecting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4017

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WINTER FERMI MATH LEAGUE

http://district287.org/fermi/

Do you like to measure, estimate, and play around with
technology? Then join the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League!

This Internet-based math competition welcomes students in
grades 1-9 from around the world who seek enrichment, small
group work, and creative, technology-rich experiences.

A Fermi question is posed with limited information given.
For example,

- How many water balloons would it take to fill
grandma's bathtub?
- How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
- How much fabric would it take to make a camo-suit for
Moby Dick?
- How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?

Fermi questions require that students ask many more questions;
emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand
communication and writing; and utilize estimation, rounding
numbers and guesses.

Earlier this week, registration opened for the six-week Winter
'12 season, which starts Tuesday, January 31st.

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"This interesting formula allows one to calculate digits of pi
essentially starting at any place. It seems to have been around
for over ten years now, and was discovered by a sort of
combination of human and computer algorithm (the PSLQ
algorithm). If the humans involved in the effort were not
dreaming of Hindu goddesses, perhaps the alogorithm was."

- Joe, posted to the math-teach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7644311

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http://www.vernier.com/products/books/rwv/

Vernier recently published a spiralbound book of 32 activities
that explore real-world mathematical applications of concepts
from algebra through calculus.

Browse Real-World Math's table of contents by activity or by
products such as motion detectors, light sensors, and pH
sensors; then download objectives, standards correlations, and
previews of the activities.

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Reminder: apply by Tuesday, January 31st, to attend the 2012
Summer Session of IAS/PCMI, the Park City Mathematics Institute
(PCMI) of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). This three-
week residential program takes place in Park City, Utah, from
July 1 - July 21, 2012.
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Session. In addition, 6 quarter-credits of 400-level
mathematics are available from the University of Washington.
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To learn more about the Secondary School Teachers Program
(SSTP), visit
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<i><font color="#003399">PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week</font></i>
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"Now, as I metacognitate, I realize that I could've done
better on one thing: answering the actual question. What I
think would help me improve on this would be reading the
question a couple of times, so I would clearly understand it
and solve the actual question, instead of making up my own
question (unconsciously) and solving that one."
<dd>
- Sarah, reflecting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4017">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4017</a>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Winter Fermi Math League</font></strong></p>
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<a href="http://district287.org/fermi/">http://district287.org/fermi/</a>
</p>
<p>
Do you like to measure, estimate, and play around with
technology? Then join the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League!
</p>
<p>
This Internet-based math competition welcomes students in
grades 1-9 from around the world who seek enrichment, small
group work, and creative, technology-rich experiences.
</p>
<p>
A Fermi question is posed with limited information given.
For example,
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How many water balloons would it take to fill
grandma's bathtub?
</li>
<li>
How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
</li>
<li>
How much fabric would it take to make a camo-suit for
Moby Dick?
</li>
<li>
How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?
</li>
</ul>
<p>
Fermi questions require that students ask many more questions;
emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand
communication and writing; and utilize estimation, rounding
numbers and guesses.
</p>
<p>
Earlier this week, registration opened for the six-week Winter
'12 season, which starts Tuesday, January 31st.
</p>
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"This interesting formula allows one to calculate digits of pi
essentially starting at any place. It seems to have been around
for over ten years now, and was discovered by a sort of
combination of human and computer algorithm (the PSLQ
algorithm). If the humans involved in the effort were not
dreaming of Hindu goddesses, perhaps the alogorithm was."
<dd>
- Joe, posted to the math-teach discussion
<dd>
<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7644311">http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7644311</a>
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<a href="http://www.vernier.com/products/books/rwv/">http://www.vernier.com/products/books/rwv/</a>
</p>
<p>
Vernier recently published a spiralbound book of 32 activities
that explore real-world mathematical applications of concepts
from algebra through calculus.
</p>
<p>
Browse Real-World Math's table of contents by activity or by
products such as motion detectors, light sensors, and pH
sensors; then download objectives, standards correlations, and
previews of the activities.
</p>
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