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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News, No. 2.4
Posted:
Jan 26, 1997 4:17 AM


27 January 1997 Vol.2, No.4
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
The CHANCE Database  AMTE Discussions  Math Software Searches
THE CHANCE DATABASE
"I am doing a project on probability and lottery numbers. For the past two days I have been searching the WWW for information on this topic, but I have found none."
"I am an 8th grade math teacher in Boston, and I am developing a series of lessons on how statistics can be manipulated to show whatever the presenter wants them to show. However, I have not been very successful in finding a wide variety of examples of statistical manipulation..."
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An excellent resource for probability and statistics is the CHANCE Database:
http://www.geom.umn.edu/docs/education/chance/
If you use the CHANCE database searcher to do a keyword search for 'lottery' (just the word, not the quotes), you'll get back lots of items. Here are just a few:
 The lottery  "Birthdays blight hope of lottery jackpots..."
 Sample topics  Descriptive statistics, Correlation and Regression, Measurements, Polls and Surveys...
 Probability articles  Chance of rain, How numbers can trick you, and many more.
There are also answers to questions about the lottery, probability, and statistics in our Dr. Math archives. To look for the keyword 'lottery' use the Searcher at
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math/
== Lottery: A tax for the mathematically incompetent. ==
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MATH SOFTWARE ON THE INTERNET
The MATH FORUM has four major areas devoted to math software:
 Math Software ARCHIVES http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathed/math.software.archives.html The biggest and best sites for finding all kinds of math software.
 Math Software REVIEWS http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathed/math.software.reviews.html A short list of sites with mathematics computer software reviews.
 Math SHAREWARE and FREEWARE (by TOPIC) http://forum.swarthmore.edu/shareware/shareware.by.topic.html Publicly distributed software for algebra, arithmetic, calculus, geometry, precalculus, general math and teaching aids.
 Commercial PUBLISHERS and VENDORS http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathed/math.commercial.software.html Links to Web sites that offer popular or noteworthy commercial programs.
If you still don't find what you're looking for in these lists, search the Forum's Internet Resource Collection:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/~steve/mathall.search.html
Select the Grade Level or Math Topic you're interested in, under Type of Resource check the box for Software, and submit your search.
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AMTE DISCUSSION LIST
The AMTE mailing list, run by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, has featured an interesting discussion about integrating a writing assignment on poetry into the math classroom. Ted Panitz of Cape Cod Community College in W. Barnstable, Massachusetts began the conversation:
WRITING ASSIGNMENT  THERE IS A POET IN ALL OF US:
"I would like you to write a poem about math. You may use any form of poetry you wish such as free verse, rhyming, haiku or any other form you prefer. You may write about your experiences with math in this class or other classes, your feelings about math or problems you are having, or a math problem, if one can be translated into poetry..."
This discussion and others from the AMTE list are archived by the Math Forum. Since Internet conversations often go off in several directions under different subject headings, you can use the Forum's fulltext search to identify all of the relevant threads. In this case select the link at the top of the archive  'Search amte'  and enter the keyword 'poet'.
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/amte
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