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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 5.11 (13 March 2000)
Posted: Mar 10, 2000 7:31 AM
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13 March 2000 Vol. 5, No. 11

THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

Pi Day 2000 | Chance - Snell
Financial Mathematics in Context - Cooper


PI DAY 2000
March 14 at 1:59:26

For Web sites about pi and activities for celebrating Pi Day,
visit the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library:

Arithmetic/Early: Number Sense/About Numbers: Pi
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/library/topics/pi/

See, in particular:

- Pi Mathematics - Ganas, Moore; National Center for
Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
An adventure in exploring the concept of Pi, with
activities, projects, applications, history, an
information video, and teacher resources
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Edu/RSE/RSEorange/buttons.html

- The Pi Pages - Centre for Experimental and Constructive
Mathematics (CECM)
Links to many sources of information: the story of the
history of the computation of pi, current records of
computation, and more
http://www.cecm.sfu.ca/pi/pi.html

- Pi Through the Ages - MacTutor Math History Archives
A history of pi

http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/HistTopics/Pi_through_the_ages.html

Try an activity sent to us by teacher Diana Funke:

- Making a Pi Necklace
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/teachers/middle/activities/pi_day.html

or send a Pi Day greeting card:

- 123 Greetings
http://www.123greetings.com/events/pi/


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CHANCE - J. Laurie Snell

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/

Materials for teaching either a "Chance" course or a more
standard introductory probability or statistics course.
A Chance course is a case study quantitative literacy course
designed to make students more informed and critical readers
of current news items that use probability and statistics, as
reported in daily newspapers.

The contents of the site include:

- Chance News, a monthly newsletter with abstracts of
articles from current newspapers and journals, and
suggestions for discussion questions for class use,
with an archive
- video lectures and audio discussions of Chance topics,
online (formats: RealPlayer and RealAudio)
- syllabi of previous Chance courses and articles that
have been written about them
- a Teacher's Guide and other materials useful for
teaching a Chance course
- links to related Internet sources for teaching a
probability or statistics course

The Chance team of developers is made up of: J. Laurie Snell
and Peter Doyle of Dartmouth College, Joan Garfield of the
University of Minnesota, Tom Moore of Grinnell College,
Bill Peterson of Middlebury College, and Ngambal Shah of
Spelman College.


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FINANCIAL MATHEMATICS IN CONTEXT - Peter Cooper

http://education.qld.gov.au/tal/kla/finance/

Curriculum support and a source of information, activities,
resources, assessment, and problems on financial mathematics,
consumer spending and earnings, and personal financial
decisions.

Under Teaching, there are five modules:
- terminology and discussion
- teaching scenarios, some situations and worked models
- working with and understanding interest rates in loans
and investments
- ideas for assessment, with some examples
- including inflation in long-term savings and
superannuation schemes.

Other main headings include:
- Using technology: illustrating some of the ways
computers and calculators have been used to support
financial mathematics
- Professional development, with notes and spreadsheets
for computer-based hands-on activities, suggesting
how to put financial mathematics into relevant
contexts for students
- Useful links

The site was produced by the 1998 Raybould Tutorial Fellow,
Peter Cooper, in conjunction with, and with assistance from,
Education Queensland, the University of Queensland,
Australia, and many contributors from schools, businesses
and the community.


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