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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News, No. 2.5 (3 Feb.1997)
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Feb 2, 1997 3:31 AM


3 February 1997 Vol.2, No.5
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
MathMol  Elementary Teachers' Place  Ability Grouping
MATHMOL  K12 MATHEMATICS AND MOLECULES
http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/
Molecular Modeling is one of the fastestgrowing fields in science. It may vary from building and visualizing molecules to performing complex calculations on molecular systems. Using molecular modeling, scientists will be better able to design new and more potent drugs against diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and arthritis, and to produce new materials for the optics, ceramic, semiconductor and biomaterials markets.
MathMol is designed to serve as a starting point for K12 students and teachers interested in the field of molecular modeling and its application to mathematics. Mathmol's K12 Page features online interactive activities for students and teachers:
 Libraries of 3D Geometric and Molecular Structures  Concepts in Science through Molecular Modeling conic sections geometric figures linear equations periodic functions symmetry  Hypermedia Textbooks for Grades 35 and 612  Water Module for K12 Students  Careers of the Future
http://www.nyu.edu/pages/mathmol/K_12.html
MathMol is being developed at the NYU/ACF Scientific Visualization Laboratory
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS' PLACE
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/teachers/elem/
Elementary school teachers now have their own special pages at the Math Forum. We've gathered the better Internet resources available for you to use in your classroom and for your professional development. A customized search interface allows easy locating of materials both at our site and elsewhere on the Internet. We offer you:
 Highlighted Math Forum projects and activities  Problems and puzzles  Lesson plan sites and units  Fun sites for kids  Software
 Discussion groups for teachers  Articles and publications  Professional organizations
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ABILITY GROUPING IN MATH CLASSES
Is there research on the pros and cons of ability grouping in math? I would like to hear what others have to say.  Jeanne Day
Hi Jeanne,
We invite you to check the Web for existing discussions, articles, and materials relating to math grouping. For starters, there have been two relevant discussions on the geometry.precollege newsgroup. You can find them by doing a search on the keyword "grouping" (just the word, not the quotes) in the Forum's newsgroup searcher:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/newsgrepform.html
In addition to searching, you can browse our collection of what we think are some of the best resources on this topic:
GROUPING STUDENTS IN MATH CLASSES http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathed/math.grouping.html
We also suggest you post your message on a newsgroup or mailing list inhabited by other teachers talking and thinking about math education. NCTML might be a good place to begin. For information on math and mathed discussions hosted by the Math Forum and others see:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/discussions.html
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