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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 19.19 (9 May 14)
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9 May, 2014 Vol. 19, No. 19
THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS
Ignite Talks  Math Girls Talk About...  Really Big Numbers
IGNITE TALKS
http://mathforum.org/workshops/cmc/2013/ignite.html
What makes us passionate about math education?
What IGNITES us?
Earlier this week, we began releasing daily a new five minutelong clip of a different Math Forum staffer or colleague, each speaking breathlessly about our passion for math education while 20 PowerPoint slides advanced every 15 seconds  ready or not!
The fourth of these videos came out today, with more yet to come down the pipeline (release date in parentheses):
 Andrew Stadel: "Number Sense: I Don't Like This Game Anymore" (Monday, 12 May)  Gail Burrill: "Why Statistics is Important in Education" (Tuesday, 13 May)  Kyndall Brown: "Cooking with Data for Access and Equity" (Wednesday, 14 May)  Peg Cagle: "Transformational Geometry" (Thursday, 15 May)  Dan Meyer: "Teaching the Boring Bits" (Friday, 16 May)  Annie Fetter: "Who Cares? (About What?)" (Monday, 19 May)
Check back daily for the next in this series of Ignite talks from the 2013 conference of the California Mathematics Council  Northern Section (CMCNorth).
Don't want to wait? Click a talk's title to download its corresponding PowerPoint slides  or tune in to the complete, unedited video of the whole session, which features commentary by Steve Rasmussen, minus the slides:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VVVlNk3o
CMCNorth gave the Forum the oppportunity to carry on the Ignite tradition started by Key Curriculum Press. For more fast, firedup fun, watch our other Ignite talks from earlier conferences:
http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_ignite.html
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PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week
"We decided to put our reflection first because we each learned something a little different from this problem, as our explanations will show. (Kira writes) I'd like you to know that I made A LOT of mistakes. I had the right idea  making a chart  but my first mistake was that I did not start off with the same number of small and large cups. Also, I didn't read the question right...."
 Kira, Logan, and Teryn, highlighted in the PreAlgebra PoW's Latest Solution
http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4391
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MATH GIRLS TALK ABOUT ...
http://bentobooks.com/mathgirlstalkabout/
This past Sunday, Bento Books published the first volume in a new Math Girls spinoff series, "Math Girls Talk About..."
The story in "Math Girls Talk About Equations & Graphs" unfolds as dialogue among four teenage characters. Subtitled "Fundamental Skills for Advanced Mathematics," this latest translation by Bento Books introduces equations and graphs to middle and highschool students who have learned basic algebra.
Freely download the front matter, first chapter, index, and table of contents, which lists these chapters, each with problems for the reader to solve:
 Letters and Identities  The Appeal of Simultaneous Equations  Equations and Silhouettes  Proportions and Inverse Proportions  Intersections and Tangents
http://bentobooks.com/resources/MGTAEquationsandGraphsSample.pdf
Bento Books first appeared in these pages two and half years ago, when they translated and published the young adult novel "Mathematical Girls"  also by author Hiroshi Yuki  the Japanese language version of which has already gone through some twenty printings.
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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"You know what is crazy? My mentor and head of our math department met with the writer of the Common Core State Standards and had no intention of there being any simplifying of radicals. It is unnecessary with the modern use of the calculator. New York State decided to go against that and add it back in."  Vivian, posted to the secondary (grades 912) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9457725
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REALLY BIG NUMBERS
http://www.ams.org/reallybignumbers
This coming Monday, 12 May, the first book written for kids published by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will hit the shelves.
In "Really Big Numbers," mathematician Richard Evan Schwartz leads math lovers of all ages on an illustrated journey through the infinite number system. The book begins with small, easily observable numbers before building up to truly gigantic ones, like a nonillion, a tredecillion, a googol  even ones "too huge for names"  all presented in fresh and relatable ways.
Preview "Really Big Numbers" by downloading a colorful sevenpage PDF bursting with fun figure facts such as
 a monkey has about 100,000 hairs on its head  if everyone joined together in a giant chain and lifted off the earth, on the right day they would reach about a quarter of the way to Mars  you could cram about 20 billion grains of very fine sand into a basketball  a googol atoms would fill the observable universe about 100 quadrillion times over
http://www.ams.org/bookstore/pspdf/mbk84prev.pdf
"Really Big Numbers" may be a first for AMS, but it's the second book for children by Schwartz, Chancellor's Professor of Mathematics and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Brown University. In 2010, A. K. Peters/CRC Press published his book about prime numbers and factoring, entitled "You Can Count on Monsters":
http://www.richardevanschwartz.com/monsters.html
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<center> <table width="100%" cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0> <tr> <td width=40> </td> <td> <p align="center"> <font color="#000000" size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> If you prefer to receive a textonly version, please send a note to <a href="http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/mfin.faq.html#feedback">the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors</a> and we will subscribe you to that list.<br> You can also subscribe via <a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/rss/rssmessages.jsp?forumID=212">RSS feed</a>. </font> </p><hr> <p> <font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p><strong> <font color="#003399">Ignite Talks</font> </strong> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://mathforum.org/workshops/cmc/2013/ignite.html">http://mathforum.org/workshops/cmc/2013/ignite.html</a> </p> <p> What makes us passionate about math education? </p> <p> What IGNITES us? </p> <p> Earlier this week, we began releasing daily a new five minutelong clip of a different Math Forum staffer or colleague, each speaking breathlessly about our passion for math education while 20 PowerPoint slides advanced every 15 seconds — ready or not! </p> <p> The fourth of these videos came out today, with more yet to come down the pipeline (release date in parentheses): </p> <ul> <li> Andrew Stadel: "Number Sense: I Don't Like This Game Anymore" (Monday, 12 May) </li> <li> Gail Burrill: "Why Statistics is Important in Education" (Tuesday, 13 May) </li> <li> Kyndall Brown: "Cooking with Data for Access and Equity" (Wednesday, 14 May) </li> <li> Peg Cagle: "Transformational Geometry" (Thursday, 15 May) </li> <li> Dan Meyer: "Teaching the Boring Bits" (Friday, 16 May) </li> <li> Annie Fetter: "Who Cares? (About What?)" (Monday, 19 May) </li> </ul> <p> Check back daily for the next in this series of Ignite talks from the 2013 conference of the California Mathematics Council  Northern Section (CMCNorth). </p> <p> Don't want to wait? Click a talk's title to download its corresponding PowerPoint slides — or tune in to the complete, unedited video of the whole session, which features commentary by Steve Rasmussen, minus the slides: </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VVVlNk3o">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VVVlNk3o</a></p> <p> CMCNorth gave the Forum the oppportunity to carry on the Ignite tradition started by Key Curriculum Press. For more fast, firedup fun, watch our other Ignite talks from earlier conferences: </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_ignite.html">http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_ignite.html</a> </font></p>
<hr> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p align=center> <dl> <dt> <i><font color="#003399">PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week</font></i> <p> <dt> "We decided to put our reflection first because we each learned something a little different from this problem, as our explanations will show. (Kira writes) I'd like you to know that I made A LOT of mistakes. I had the right idea — making a chart — but my first mistake was that I did not start off with the same number of small and large cups. Also, I didn't read the question right...." <dd>  Kira, Logan, and Teryn, highlighted in the PreAlgebra PoW's Latest Solution <dd> <a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4391">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4391</a> </dl> </p> </font></p> <hr>
<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p><strong><font color="#003399">Math Girls Talk About...</font></strong></p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://bentobooks.com/mathgirlstalkabout/">http://bentobooks.com/mathgirlstalkabout/</a> </p> <p> This past Sunday, Bento Books published the first volume in a new Math Girls spinoff series, <em>Math Girls Talk About...</em> </p> <p> The story in <em>Math Girls Talk About Equations & Graphs</em> unfolds as dialogue among four teenage characters. Subtitled "Fundamental Skills for Advanced Mathematics," this latest translation by Bento Books introduces equations and graphs to middle and highschool students who have learned basic algebra. </p> <p> Freely download the front matter, first chapter, index, and table of contents, which lists these chapters, each with problems for the reader to solve: </p> <ul> <li> Letters and Identities </li> <li> The Appeal of Simultaneous Equations </li> <li> Equations and Silhouettes </li> <li> Proportions and Inverse Proportions </li> <li> Intersections and Tangents </li> </ul> <p align="center"><a href="http://bentobooks.com/resources/MGTAEquationsandGraphsSample.pdf">http://bentobooks.com/resources/</a><br><a href="http://bentobooks.com/resources/MGTAEquationsandGraphsSample.pdf">MGTAEquationsandGraphsSample.pdf</a></p> <p> Bento Books first appeared in these pages two and half years ago, when they translated and published the young adult novel <em>Mathematical Girls</em> — also by author Hiroshi Yuki — the Japanese language version of which has already gone through some twenty printings. </p> </font></p>
<hr> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p align=center> <dl> <dt> <i><font color="#003399">Now taking place: math education conversation of the day</font></i> <p> <dt> "You know what is crazy? My mentor and head of our math department met with the writer of the Common Core State Standards and had no intention of there being any simplifying of radicals. It is unnecessary with the modern use of the calculator. New York State decided to go against that and add it back in." <dd>  Vivian, posted to the secondary (grades 912) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State <dd> <a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9457725">http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9457725</a> </p> </font></p> </dl> <hr>
<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p><strong><font color="#003399">Really Big Numbers</font></strong></p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://www.ams.org/reallybignumbers">http://www.ams.org/reallybignumbers</a> </p> <p> This coming Monday, 12 May, the first book written for kids published by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will hit the shelves. </p> <p> In <em>Really Big Numbers</em>, mathematician Richard Evan Schwartz leads math lovers of all ages on an illustrated journey through the infinite number system. The book begins with small, easily observable numbers before building up to truly gigantic ones, like a nonillion, a tredecillion, a googol — even ones "too huge for names" — all presented in fresh and relatable ways. </p> <p> Preview <em>Really Big Numbers</em> by downloading a colorful sevenpage PDF bursting with fun figure facts such as </p> <ul> <li> a monkey has about 100,000 hairs on its head </li> <li> if everyone joined together in a giant chain and lifted off the earth, on the right day they would reach about a quarter of the way to Mars </li> <li> you could cram about 20 billion grains of very fine sand into a basketball </li> <li> a googol atoms would fill the observable universe about 100 quadrillion times over </li> </ul> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.ams.org/bookstore/pspdf/mbk84prev.pdf">http://www.ams.org/bookstore/pspdf/</a><br><a href="http://www.ams.org/bookstore/pspdf/mbk84prev.pdf">mbk84prev.pdf</a></p> <p> <em>Really Big Numbers</em> may be a first for AMS, but it's the second book for children by Schwartz, Chancellor's Professor of Mathematics and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Brown University. In 2010, A. K. Peters/CRC Press published his book about prime numbers and factoring, entitled <em>You Can Count on Monsters</em>: </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.richardevanschwartz.com/monsters.html">http://www.richardevanschwartz.com/monsters.html</a> </font></p>
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