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13 December, 2013 Vol. 18, No. 50

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2014
NBA Math Hoops App | Snow Day Calculator

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Does any rectangle have perimeter and area of the same
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Can the plane be tiled with kites and chevrons?

In how many ways can 1/2 be written as a sum of unit fractions?

Come investigate these questions -- and find out how they are
related -- at the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI).

A program of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), PCMI has
just begun accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Session
of the IAS/PCMI Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP).

Participating teachers receive full support and a stipend
during this residential program, which takes place in Park
City, Utah, from June 29 - July 19, 2014. Six quarter-credits
of 400-level mathematics are available from the University
of Washington.

Beyond the mathematical foci on fractions, tilings, and
geometry, SSTP participants will also consider research about
productive discussions and reflect upon how to facilitate them.
Learn more about the SSTP by visiting

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

"We had a lot of younger problem solvers this week, and the
submissions I've chosen to share reflect that. Nell L. and
Katie L.'s solutions are notable because each made a mistake
in their first submission. But after looking at the answer
that we provide, they found their mistake and revised their
solutions, doing some good thinking...."

- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4318

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NBA MATH HOOPS APP

http://www.nbamathhoops.com/app.php

Calling all ballers and scholars: the NBA Math Hoops board game
has gone mobile!

Freely available for both iOS and Android phones and tablets,
NBA Math Hoops' app challenges students to build their own
teams out of the best National Basketball Association (NBA)
and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) players in
the game.

As a shot clock winds down, students do math in order to let
their personally drafted pro stars take shots based on those
NBA and WNBA players' real shooting percentages. Sink buckets,
and the app unlocks trophies. The NBA Math Hoops app also lets
students track their progress on national leaderboards, which
show how they stack up compared with the rest of the country's
basketball fans.

First featured in these pages last June, NBA Math Hoops has
since posted test and survey data about their game's impact on
students, a map of US schools playing the game, and feedback
from teachers and students in their own voices:

http://www.nbamathhoops.com/impact.php

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"There are contradictions in the newly released guidelines for
graphing calculators.... There are some other surprises in this
document: 'complete sentences should be used to support results
so that mathematical reasoning can be easily interpreted.'"

- Meg, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group
of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9342252

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http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/

Wishing for more snow-bound time at home this holiday season?

Just enter your ZIP code into snowdaycalculator.com, along with
the number of school days you've already lost due to inclement
weather. The Snow Day Calculator analyzes this information in
light of the most recent weather data from Weather.gov to
predict the probability of an early dismissal, or no school,
for your next two days.

The manual version of the calculator lets you take into account
factors such as

- school in mountainous area (yes or no)
- leniency of administration (easy, okay, or harsh)
- hype for a snowday (0, 1, 2, or 3)

Creator David Sukhin originally developed his predictive
calculator as a middle school student. He recently added a
feature that lets you join to receive predictions specific to
your school:

http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/School/AddSchool.php

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Does any rectangle have perimeter and area of the same
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Can the plane be tiled with kites and chevrons?
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In how many ways can 1/2 be written as a sum of unit fractions?
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Come investigate these questions &mdash; and find out how they are
related &mdash; at the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI).
</p>
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A program of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), PCMI has
just begun accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Session
of the IAS/PCMI Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP).
</p>
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Participating teachers receive full support and a stipend
during this residential program, which takes place in Park
City, Utah, from <nobr>June 29 - July 19, 2014.</nobr> Six quarter-credits
of 400-level mathematics are available from the University
of Washington.
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Beyond the mathematical foci on fractions, tilings, and
geometry, SSTP participants will also consider research about
productive discussions and reflect upon how to facilitate them.
Learn more about the SSTP by visiting
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"We had a lot of younger problem solvers this week, and the
submissions I've chosen to share reflect that. Nell L. and
Katie L.'s solutions are notable because each made a mistake
in their first submission. But after looking at the answer
that we provide, they found their mistake and revised their
solutions, doing some good thinking...."
<dd>
- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4318">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4318</a>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">NBA Math Hoops App</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://www.nbamathhoops.com/app.php">http://www.nbamathhoops.com/app.php</a>
</p>
<p>
Calling all ballers and scholars: the NBA Math Hoops board game
has gone mobile!
</p>
<p>
Freely available for both iOS and Android phones and tablets,
NBA Math Hoops' app challenges students to build their own
teams out of the best National Basketball Association (NBA)
and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) players in
the game.
</p>
<p>
As a shot clock winds down, students do math in order to let
their personally drafted pro stars take shots based on those
NBA and WNBA players' real shooting percentages. Sink buckets,
and the app unlocks trophies. The NBA Math Hoops app also lets
students track their progress on national leaderboards, which
show how they stack up compared with the rest of the country's
basketball fans.
</p>
<p>
First featured in these pages last June, NBA Math Hoops has
since posted test and survey data about their game's impact on
students, a map of US schools playing the game, and feedback
from teachers and students in their own voices:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.nbamathhoops.com/impact.php">http://www.nbamathhoops.com/impact.php</a></p>
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"There are contradictions in the newly released guidelines for
graphing calculators.... There are some other surprises in this
document: 'complete sentences should be used to support results
so that mathematical reasoning can be easily interpreted.'"
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- Meg, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group
of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Snow Day Calculator</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/">http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/</a>
</p>
<p>
Wishing for more snow-bound time at home this holiday season?
</p>
<p>
Just enter your ZIP code into <a href="http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/">snowdaycalculator.com</a>, along with
the number of school days you've already lost due to inclement
weather. The Snow Day Calculator analyzes this information in
light of the most recent weather data from Weather.gov to
predict the probability of an early dismissal, or no school,
for your next two days.
</p>
<p>
The manual version of the calculator lets you take into account
factors such as
</p>
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school in mountainous area (yes or no)
</li>
<li>
leniency of administration (easy, okay, or harsh)
</li>
<li>
hype for a snowday (0, 1, 2, or 3)
</li>
</ul>
<p>
Creator David Sukhin originally developed his predictive
calculator as a middle school student. He recently added a
feature that lets you join to receive predictions specific to
your school:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/School/AddSchool.php">http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/School/AddSchool.php</a></p>
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