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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.35 (Sept. 1)
Posted: Aug 30, 1997 12:31 PM
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1 September 1997 Vol.2, No.35


Math & Children's Lit | Real Analysis - Wachsmuth | What is Algebra?


Reviews of books for kids, ideas for ways to use them in the
classroom, and collections of math books and activities.

Articles and sections from Carol Hurst's professional books
for teachers and librarians have been reformatted to create
an interactive collection of information. The activities and
discussions are most appropriate for those working with
students in grades K-4. Included are:

- Math Out Loud: Math and the Oral Traditions
- Time and Time Travel Fantasies
- Math Month in the Library
- Books in the Math Program

Sample Chapters
- Math and My Place in Space
- Math and Mud Flat Olympics
- Patterns and Picture Books
- Data Gathering and Picture Books
- Computation and Picture Books

Picturing Math - a book by Carol Hurst and Rebecca Otis.
- Using Picture Books in the Math Curriculum, for
Pre-K through 2nd Grade.

Other curriculum areas and professional topics can be found
on Carol Hurst's Children's Literature site at:



An online, interactive textbook for Real Analysis or
Advanced Calculus in one real variable. Chapters include:

- Sets and Relations
- Infinity and Induction
- Sequences of Numbers
- Series of Numbers
- Topology
- Continuity and Differentiation
- The Integral
- Sequences of Functions
- Metric Spaces

"Historical tidbits" are also provided for the following

- Abel
- Archimedes
- Bernoulli
- Bolzano
- Cantor
- Cauchy
- De Morgan
- Euclid
- Euler
- Peano
- Weierstrass
- Zeno of Elea

A glossary rounds out the presentation.

Bert G. Wachsmuth is Assistant Professor of Mathematics
and Computer Science at Seton Hall University, South
Orange, NJ.



The TI-92 now has an algebraic manipulator; what implications
does this have for the algebra curriculum?

After a talk given at the Association of Mathematics Teacher
Educators' Conference Within A Conference during the April
NCTM meetings in Minneapolis, Blake Peterson initiated this
discussion on the AMTE list. He began the conversation with
some initial thoughts and comments:

- Algebra is to Calculus as the alphabet is to reading.
- Why do we still teach factoring - what is the underlying
idea of factoring polynomials?
- Now that the TI-92 can symbolically solve equations, do
we still continue to have students solve pages and pages
of them? What is the underlying idea of solving equations?

A small part of the discussion follows, and we think you'll
enjoy the rest:

- Algebra is a powerful symbolic way of modeling situations
in the world. It has value and beauty in its own right.
- Cathy Wick

- Is it possible to engage in algebraic thinking/reasoning
without using algebraic symbols?
- Libby Krussel

- Just recently I opened a webpage that integrates functions.
One feature allowed me to select a function at random and
with the click of a button its integral would appear.
(It had been over 30 years since I had seen many of these
functions.) As I experienced this "magic" I was suddenly
struck with the question, "How do I know these are correct?"
- J. Wendell Wyatt

- ...about the use of the TI 92... students who know the
material find the technology beneficial, but students who
do not know the material find the technology to be an
additional impediment which acts as a barrier to learning.
- Steve Wilson

- We can't teach algebra in a vacuum. We need to give
students meaningful situations early where algebra can be
used to model and clarify those situations.
- Barbara Muenster

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