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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.23 (June 9)
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Jun 7, 1997 12:26 PM


9 June 1997 Vol.2, No.23
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Geometry Junkyard  Women and Math  Brahmagupta's Formula
THE GEOMETRY JUNKYARD David Eppstein, Theory Group, ICS, UC Irvine
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/junkyard/
A collection of Usenet clippings, Web pointers, lecture notes, research excerpts, papers, abstracts, programs, problems, and other material related to discrete and computational geometry  some serious and much also entertaining.
Eppstein sorts his "junk" into "piles" (topics) such as:
 Circles and Spheres  Covering and Packing  Geometric Topology  Knot Theory  Lattice Theory and Geometry of Numbers  Origami  Polyhedra and Polytopes  Randomness and Geometric Probability  Symmetry and Group Theory  Width, Diameter, and Geometric Inequalities  Threedimensional Geometry  Manydimensional Geometry  Open Problems  Lesson Plans and Teaching Materials  Software and Animations
... and many more.
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Don't miss Eppstein's other pages, GEOMETRY IN ACTION, which is devoted more to applications and less to pure math, and his nongeometrical RECREATIONAL MATH area:
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/geom.html
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/recmath.html
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WOMEN AND MATHEMATICS
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/social/math.women.html
This collection of resources from the Math Forum for information about women and mathematics offers links to sites of general and historical interest, publications, programs, and major organizations.
Featured sites include:
 Women in Math Project, by Professor Marie Vitulli of the University of Oregon  Women Mathematicians, biographies written by students at Agnes Scott College  The Ada Project (TAP), Resources for Women in Computing, a resource clearinghouse  Girls' Attitudes, SelfExpectations, and Performance in Math, an annotated bibliography  NSF Report on Issues of Equity, the 1994 National Science Foundation report, online  Summer and Mentoring Programs for Undergraduate Women  GirlTECH, a Teacher Training and Student Council Program
The materials on this page are among those catalogued in the Forum Internet Resource Collection. To find even more information about women in math and science, try searching our database:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dumpgrepform.html Enter the keywords "women science" (just the words, not the quotes).
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BRAHMAGUPTA'S FORMULA A Webmaster Correspondence
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/help/webmaster/bramputa.html
A conversation demonstrating how educators can draw on the Web as a learning resource and contribute to it in response to real educational needs. This conversation shows learning as a continuing process and presents the sort of questioning and collaboration that make for productive inquiry.
Reflections from the three persons involved are interspersed with their original eleven email messages. The thoughts of Richard (a Math Forum webmaster), Grace (who posed a question about Bramputa's theory), and Jim Wilson (Math Education, University of Georgia) offer ideas about how the World Wide Web, the Math Forum, webmasters, and users can facilitate education and community.
"Jim, Grace, and I have never met  yet a new Internet resource emerged from a conversation that began with Grace's email to webmaster@forum.swarthmore.edu, and ultimately invited Jim to contribute his work as a mathematics educator and Web page developer."  Richard
Jim has added a new Web page addressing the difficulties in proving Brahmagupta's formula to his other work, which was featured in the Jan. 20 issue of this newsletter.
http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/emt725/brahmagupta/brahmagupta.html
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