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


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://wwwhistory.mcs.stand.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 longterm 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 computerbased handson 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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