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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.36 (Sept. 8)
Posted:
Sep 6, 1997 12:09 PM


8 September 1997 Vol.2, No.36
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
MathMania  Math Forum Elementary POW  Division Algorithm
MATHMANIA
http://www.csc.uvic.ca/~mmania/
A site inspired by Paul Erdos that features exercises, stories, and activities designed to prepare students for problems dealing with graphs, knots, sorting networks, and finite state machines.
 Introduction to graph theory: "We say that a graph is coloured if you can colour the nodes (the circles) different colours so that if there is an edge (a line) between two nodes, they need to be different colours. Try to colour a graph with as few colours as possible."
 Stories: ... "Space Rollercoasters were fun... Since the tubes were flexible, they could change shape as you slid through them!..."
 Activities  "Making knots with people: we can think of the knot as going through the arms and between the shoulders of all the people in the knot...."
 Exercises: "A dominating set is a set of vertices of a graph such that every vertex in the graph is either in the set or a neighbor of one of the members of the set. What is the size of the smallest dominating set of this graph?"
 Tutorials: "The fundamental problem in knot theory is deciding whether two knots are the same. We'll take a look at how mathematicians define what a knot is, what they mean when they say that two knots are the same, and different ways to construct a knot."
An illustrated glossary and a number of open questions are also available. To familiarize yourself with the site, take the MathMania tour:
http://csr.uvic.ca/~mmania/tour.htm
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MATH FORUM ELEMENTARY PROBLEM OF THE WEEK
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/elempow/
The Elementary POW starts a new school year with a new look and new administrator: Lisa Lavelle.
Creative and challenging problems for grades 36 (ages 812) will appear each week for individuals and classes, members of which can receive individualized feedback from mentors.
Mentors may be teachers with their elementary, middle school, or high school classes, preservice teachers, or professional educators.
If you think you'd like to be a mentor for a week, instructions can be found on the Web at:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu//elempow/mentors.html
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MATH IN THE NEWS, DIVISION ALGORITHM
Citing 3 newspaper articles and clippings about mathematics, Susan Addington's initial August 11, 1997 post generated discussions on topics including MathLand; mental computation, estimating, and number sense as compared with paper and pencil calculations and calculators; and textbooks and free enterprise.
Math in the News http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/mathteach/nelprermti
Long Division http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/mathteach/bluzhesna
Division Algorithm http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/mathteach/smaldweryeld
These and other contributions can be read in the MATHTEACH archives, hosted by the Math Forum:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/mathteach
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