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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News, No. 2.19 (May 12)
Posted:
May 11, 1997 1:51 AM


12 May 1997 Vol.2, No.19
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Zimaths  Jobs in Mathematics  Help for Dynamic Geometry Users
ZIMATHS  A MATHS JOURNAL FROM ZIMBABWE
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/3550/zimaths.htm
An electronic maths magazine "meant to educate Zimbabwean schoolkids about the virtues of real maths, as opposed to the spiceless variety taught in most schools." Articles are written to supplement the resources available to Zimbabwean students, most of whom do not have access to extrasyllabus information. Many are clever and amusing. Features include:
 How number plates and ISBNs work  Statistical chocolate making  Paul Erdos and me  a reminiscence  Chimbumu and Chikwama get out of jail  Introducing the ellipse  Measuring the height of a tree  Mathematics in World War Three
Begun in 1995 by two undergraduates, Tawanda Gwena and Dinoj Surendran, and currently edited by Dr. Gavin Hitchcock, Zimaths involves nearly half the maths department at the University of Zimbabwe.
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JOBS IN MATHEMATICS
http://pascal.dartmouth.edu/~gdavis/policy/jobmarket.html
A site providing information on:
 Skills employers are looking for in mathematicians  Statistics about the job market  Jobs and internships advertised on the Internet for undergrads, grad students, and Ph.D.'s  Articles about current job market problems  Advice to departments for improving job prospects for math Ph.D.'s  Pointers to useful sites on science policy, tenure reform, and immigration policy
This site is maintained by Geoff Davis, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Dartmouth College.
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PUBLIC FORUMS FOR DYNAMIC GEOMETRY
Dynamic geometry users will find support on public forums such as the geometry newsgroups hosted by the Math Forum:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/discussions/geometry.html
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COORDINATE GEOMETRY USING THE GEOMETER'S SKETCHPAD
"Am I able to graph equations using [this] software?"  Tim O'Brien
See an answer from Nick Jackiw, the author of Sketchpad, by searching the newsgroup geometryprecollege for the words "coordinate geometry" (just the words, not the quotes):
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epiquery/geometryprecollege
ROTATIONS WITH SKETCHPAD
"Does anyone know how to get something on Sketchpad to animate clockwise rather than counterclockwise?"  Margaret Sinclair
Margaret got a speedy answer to her question. Find out how to rotate animations clockwise by searching geometrysoftwaredynamic for the word "rotation":
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epiquery/geometrysoftwaredynamic
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