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Sarah Seastone

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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News, No. 2.7 (Feb.17)
Posted: Feb 16, 1997 6:03 AM
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17 February 1997 Vol.2, No.7

THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

DAU Tutorial | Undergrad Research | NCTM Standards: Proofs


FEATURED INTERNET RESOURCE: DAU MATH REFRESHER TUTORIAL

http://www.cne.gmu.edu/modules/dau/math/

The Math Forum's February 'hot spot' features this
interactive tutorial, which gives a comprehensive view
of basic mathematics. It includes practice problems
and self-tests, covering:

- arithmetic, fractions, exponents
- logarithms, quadratic equations
- series, functions, limits
- graphing functions, derivatives, integrals

Written for Defense Acquisition University (DAU) course
participants, the tutorial can help students of any age
with math at the middle school level and beyond.

The Statistics Refresher Tutorial covers topics in basic
probability (random variables, expectations, distribution)
and statistics (regression, data analysis, clustering).

http://www.cne.gmu.edu/modules/dau/stat/


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SUMMER AND OTHER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADS

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/students/undergrad.opps.html


The National Science Foundation has recently posted a
tentative list of sites, projects, and contact people
for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) for
summer 1997.

In addition, the Forum can help you find summer programs
at the Argonne National Laboratory, the Cornell Theory
Center for Supercomputing, the IAS/Park City Mathematics
Institute, and the Army High Performance Computing
Research Center (AHPCRC).

We've also located a number of summer research
opportunities exclusively for women.

Don't wait to investigate these possibilities, since
some applications are due the beginning of March.


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PROOFS AND MATHEMATICAL STRUCTURE
A discussion from the NCTM-L archive
hosted by the Math Forum

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/nctm-l/joizaxcran

Do the NCTM Standards give short shrift to what is
arguably the most basic and vital mathematical
structure of all: proof? If so, does this constitute
rejecting mathematical structure?

In a previous discussion, "Parent's messages," a contributor
suggested that readers search the Standards for occurrences
of the word 'proof'.

This conversation, "Proofs and Mathematical Structure,"
takes up the effect of the word's omission, the need for and
value of precise mathematical arguments, the difficulty
of translating everyday language into a form that can be
analyzed, and the call for manuscripts addressing the role
and nature of proof in a Standards-based curriculum.

The NCTM Standards are available on the Web at

http://enc.org/online/NCTM/280dtoc1.html


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