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Topic: Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.22 (June 2)
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 Sarah Seastone Posts: 1,240 Registered: 12/3/04
Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.22 (June 2)
Posted: May 31, 1997 7:23 PM

2 June 1997 Vol.2, No.22

THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

Mathematical Modeling | Unsolved Problems | LaGrange Students

From the CONNECTED CURRICULUM PROJECT

MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN A REAL AND COMPLEX WORLD
by Frank Wattenberg

http://ascc.carroll.edu/ccp/modeling/topic.htm

"Among the first customers for a new car are engineers
from competing companies. They need to know what their
competition is doing and how. One of the most important
tools for figuring out how a competitor's product works
is reverse engineering. Engineers have a general idea of
the tools used by their competitors and they can use their
own ideas to try to reconstruct what competing engineers
have done. This course is about modeling, or reverse
engineering - not just reverse engineering a car or a piece
of software but reverse engineering the world in which we
live - determining the how behind the what of the spread
of an epidemic, the motion of the planets, the start of a
war, or inflation."

Contents:

- Simple Building Blocks - Complex Structures
- Discrete Models
- Probabilistic Models
- Continuous Models
- Optimization Models

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UNSOLVED MATHEMATICS PROBLEMS

(1) A COLLECTION FROM STEVEN FINCH

http://www.mathsoft.com/asolve/

An eclectic group of questions and partial answers from
a member of the MathSoft R&D Team. Finch is less interested
in reporting the latest incremental advances on well-known
problems than in publicizing little-known ones. With links
to related sites, his page includes:

- Favorite Mathematical Constants
- The Miraculous Bailey-Borwein-Plouffe Pi Algorithm
- On a Generalized Fermat-Wiles Equation
- Ulam s-Additive Sequences
- Random Binary Trees Grown via the Galton-Watson
Branching Process
- A Convex Maximization Problem
- Zero Divisor Structure in Real Algebras
- Linear Independence of Exponential Functions
- Self-Avoiding Walks of a Rook on a Chessboard

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(2) UNSOLVED PROBLEM OF THE WEEK ARCHIVE - MATHPRO PRESS

http://www.wwa.com/math/puzzles/unsolvedMathProblems/archive.html

Postings of some difficult yet interesting problems that
mathematicians are investigating, with references to more
information about the topics. Although these problems can be
understood by the average person, mathematicians have been
unsuccessfully working on them for many years.

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STUDENT TESSELLATIONS - LAGRANGE HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/alejandre/lagrange.html

Matt Kuntz's 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in the
Program for Accelerated Learning at LaGrange Highlands
Elementary School, LaGrange, IL, join pupils of Suzanne
Alejandre and others in using Suzanne's tutorials and
templates to make their own tessellations.

Their imaginative, colorful work illustrates the ease
with which these tutorials can make translational
symmetry accessible to elementary school students.
We've featured these new tessellations in the Math
Forum's Student Showcase:

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/students/showcase/

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