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Rex Boggs

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Registered: 12/6/04
SMARD update!
Posted: Oct 1, 1996 2:22 AM
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The Secondary Mathematics Resource and Assessment Database (SMARD)
has recently added about 50 more items to the database. The new
resources include:

* a worksheet of problems involving common fractions, compiled from
our Maths Teams Challenge questions over the past 5 years.

* a page of percent word problems, grouped by type, and with a
'Challenge' section.

* some nifty flash cards, based on an idea I read on the Net a few
years ago, as an Excel file.

* a page of protractors! I was learning how to use Corel Xara, and
ended up making a page of protractors. Printed onto an OHT, at
6 to a sheet, the protractors should cost less than 2c each.

* a nice worksheet on estimating angles. Adapted (ie pinched) from
the MCTP materials.

* a comprehensive summary sheet of geometry definitions, complete
with diagrams.

* a nifty activity on how a marine biologist might use percent and
area to study changes in an underwater study site. Based on the
work of my friend Tina, who is a marine biologist.

* a great code-breaking exercise, that uses frequency tables (and
some leading questions to help year 8 students crack the code.

* can you help Charlie use an acceleration graph for his Honda to
prove to the judge that he couldn't _possibly_ have been speeding?

* a fascinating article by Dr John Belward from the Uni of Queensland
on how matrices and a supercomputer are used to solve large systems
of equations.

* an article on Numerical Techniques of Integration, which came out of
a discussion on the NCTM-L mailing list.

Please visit SMARD at

And, if you have anything to contribute, well, the door to my email
is always open.


Rex Boggs | Secondary Mathematics Assessment
Glenmore High School | and Resource Database
Rockhampton QLD |
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