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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News 2.26 (June 30)
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Jun 28, 1997 7:18 PM


30 June 1997 Vol.2, No.26
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Classroom Compass  199697 GeoPOW Awards  Unit Conversion
CLASSROOM COMPASS
http://diogenes.sedl.org/scimath/compass/
Published three times a year by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Classroom Compass collects ideas, activities, and resources for teachers interested in improving instruction in science and mathematics. Each issue presents examples of instructional activities that illustrate a theme, supported by excerpts from standards based publications. Resources accompanying the text include instructional materials, organizations, reading lists, funding opportunities, Web sites, and regional contacts.
199497 themes and topics:
 Community resources in math/science education  Constructivism in the science and mathematics classroom  Cooperative learning and classroom implementation  Design/technology in the classroom  Science and mathematics for all  Theories and findings from cognitive research  Working for reform, the teacher as facilitator
and the focus of the spring 1997 issue, the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS):
http://diogenes.sedl.org/scimath/compass/v03n03/welcome.html
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GEOMETRY PROBLEM OF THE WEEK: AWARDS 199697
The end of May marked the end of the school year for the Geometry Problem of the Week. The Forum honors the top 10 schools and top 100 students who participated from September to May:
Top schools, each with more than 30 student participants:
 Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colorado  Newport High School, Bellevue, Washington  Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington
Top students, each of whom answered more than 30 questions:
 Justin Lam, Sequoia Middle School  Jenny Kaplan, Castilleja School  Thomas Kuo, Burroughs High School
Links to the full lists of students and schools will be found at:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/geopow/199697awards/
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CALCULATORS AND UNIT CONVERSIONS
Martindale's "Calculators Online Center" is the most extensive collection we've found of online tools for calculation and conversion.
http://wwwsci.lib.uci.edu/HSG/RefCalculators2.html
The choices are overwhelming: use an abacus or a slide rule online, calculate equivalents for all kinds of measurements, evaluate everything from differential equations to Delaunay triangulations, or try out over 130 statistical calculators.
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Many online calculators require a javacapable browser. Here's one that doesn't: Entisoft's MEASUREMENT CONVERSION CALCULATOR will perform over 500 different unit conversions for distance, area, volume, mass, speed, temperature, pressure, energy, power, force, etc.
http://entisoft.earthlink.net/scripts/unitscgi.exe
You'll find it in the Math Reference section of the Dr. Math FAQ:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math/faq/
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LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN DISCRETE MATHEMATICS Rutgers University, July 1425, 1997 A few spaces are still available in the K8 Leadership Program in Discrete Mathematics, a twoweek residential program for elementary and middle school teachers and supervisors. NSF funding pays for room (double occupancy), meals, and stipends. If you are interested, act right away: for further information and application forms, call Bonnie Katz at (732) 4452825 or check the program's Web site: http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Education/k8/k8_97.html
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