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


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 selftests, 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 NCTML archive hosted by the Math Forum
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/nctml/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 Standardsbased curriculum.
The NCTM Standards are available on the Web at
http://enc.org/online/NCTM/280dtoc1.html
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