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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News Nol 5.29 (17 July 2000)
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Jul 14, 2000 9:09 AM


17 July 2000 Vol. 5, No. 29
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Project Mathematics!  AbSuRd MaTh  Cain New Mathematical Constant
PROJECT MATHEMATICS! Apostol, Blinn, Corrigan, California Institute of Technology
http://www.projmath.caltech.edu/
Videotapeandworkbook modules designed to explore basic topics in high school mathematics in ways that cannot be done at the chalkboard or in a textbook.
The tapes use live action, music, special effects, and computer animation, and are distributed on a nonprofit basis. Each module consists of a videotape and a workbook, and explores a basic topic in mathematics that can be easily integrated into existing high school or community college curricula. The modules encourage interaction between students and teachers, and include:
 The Theorem of Pythagoras  The Story of Pi  Similarity  Polynomials  Sines and Cosines Periodic functions Trigonometry Addition formulas  The Tunnel of Samos  Teachers Workshop
In addition, an Early History of Mathematics videotape traces some mathematical landmarks:
http://www.projmath.caltech.edu/history.htm
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ABSURD MATH  Michael Cain Prealgebra from another dimension HRM Video and LearningWave Communications
http://www.learningwave.com/abmath/
An interactive problemsolving game series where the ultimate power depends on mathematical skill and knowledge. Many pages have hidden clues and areas; when players need help, they may email the staff for assistance. Teachers and parents may also request answer keys.
Games include:
 Nomean City: a powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers  Dr. Plenobius: identify flesheating bacteria and try to save one of the doctor's lab rabbits  The 7th Floor of the Hotel Unknown: find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective  Airtight College: your quest to save the alien creature continues
Also try The Challenge of the 7 Cups: solve algebra and complex geometry problems to find the lost cup that can transform sadness into joy and joy into sadness.
http://www.learningwave.com/abmath/7cups/
AbSuRd MaTh is hosted by LearningWave Communications:
http://www.learningwave.com/
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NEW MATHEMATICAL CONSTANT
Computer scientist Divakar Viswanath, of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California, introduced an element of randomness into the Fibonacci sequence and discovered a new mathematical constant: the number 1.13198824....
Read more in these two articles:
NEW MATHEMATICAL CONSTANT DISCOVERED  Keith Devlin, Devlin's Angle, MAA Online http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_3_99.html
FIBONACCI AT RANDOM  Ivars Peterson, Science News Online http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc99/6_12_99/bob1.htm
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