This year's Presidential election has provided an excellent opportunity to get students interested in the American political system. For example, Guy Brandenburg posted to math-teach explaining the lesson on voting theory that he did with his students [http://mathforum.com/epigone/math-teach/zhermflermfring/]. Many of us here at the Math Forum have been sharing links to resources and interesting discussions, and wanted to give others an opportunity to share more publically. You can see some of the items we've come up with on this page about "Math and Elections", http://mathforum.com/alejandre/election.html.
What resources have you been using with your students to study and explain the mathematics involved in the election process? For example, last Thursday the New York Times made available a lesson entitled, "Rocking the Vote: Exploring Popular and Electoral Votes and Their Influence in Determining the Presidency" [http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/001109thursday.html]. There have also been some interesting discussions on the apstat and sci.math lists (you can find those through http://mathforum.com/discussions/).
Post your suggestions to this list or mail them to Suzanne Alejandre at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll add new resources to our page and will continue to update it as more items are suggested.
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