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Sarah Seastone

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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News, No. 6
Posted: Nov 10, 1996 4:06 AM
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11 November 1996 Vol.1, No.6

Fractals Lesson | Math Line Puzzles | Why Learn Math?


THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/


FEATURED INTERNET RESOURCE: FORUM NOVEMBER HOT SPOT

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/~steve/steve/current.html


FRACTALS LESSON by CYNTHIA LANIUS

http://cml.rice.edu:80/~lanius/frac/

This lesson plan is designed for elementary and middle
school students. Written to comply with suggestions
in the NCTM Standards, it uses fractal geometry to
introduce students to modern mathematics and to connect
arithmetic and geometry. The lesson also connects math
with art, writing, history, and career information.

Students learn how to make a fractal by constructing two
famous examples: the Sierpinski Triangle and the Koch
Snowflake. Math questions and challenges follow activities;
"What's so hot about fractals?" explores why fractals are
fun and useful to study. Finally, links to other fractals
on the Web and where to learn more about them are included.


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From the Forum collection of K-12 Math Tips and Tricks:

LINE PUZZLES

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/k12/k12puzzles/

Can you connect the dots in a 3x3 grid using 4 straight
lines? Can you plant 7 rosebushes so that they form 6
straight lines with 3 bushes in each line? How about 10
bushes in 5 lines of 4 each, or 19 bushes in 9 lines of
5 each?

If you find these puzzles easy, try constructing nine
triangles by drawing three straight lines through a
capital M.

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SEND YOUR MATH LINE PUZZLE **WITH YOUR ANSWER**
to
webmaster@forum.swarthmore.edu

We'll add your best puzzles and your names
to our Web pages.


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FROM THE EMAILBAG - WHY LEARN MATH?


Why do high school students need to learn math?
I mean, we don't use math all that much in English,
so why learn it when we already know how to balance
checkbooks?


Good question - but you might be surprised at how many
people need math in their lives. Math is useful for a
lot more than balancing your checkbook!

There are thousands of different jobs that require some
aspect of mathematics. Here's a page with some firsthand
accounts of what college math majors are doing, from Air
Traffic Control Systems Analyst and Lawyer to Data Capture
Facility Troubleshooter on the Hubble space telescope.

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/social/moms.html

.::. .::. .::.

Three Math and Education students at the University
of Richmond (Jen Peck, Karen Rosser, and Carol Pifer)
have put together a clever series of Web pages called
"What Good is Math?"

So You're Planning a Trip?
Art and Math: How Could They Be Related?
Will I Ever Be Able to Fill My Piggy Bank?
How Did I Get a C in Spanish?
So You're Planning a Party?

http://www.urich.edu/~ed344/math/mathhome.html

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There are other interesting questions like yours to be
asked. Why should the public support mathematics? What
do mathematicians do that is important?

The Math Forum has collected some answers, and we'd like
to hear from you. See our Web page, "Key Questions for
Mathematics":

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/social/key.questions.html


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STUDENT SHOWCASE

Our call for student projects yielded a gallery of student
work from Dave Bradley's 9th grade geometry class at
Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in Salt Lake City, Utah:

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/students/showcase/jeff.jrhigh/


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