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Sarah Seastone

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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News Nol 5.29 (17 July 2000)
Posted: Jul 14, 2000 9:09 AM
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17 July 2000 Vol. 5, No. 29


Project Mathematics! | AbSuRd MaTh - Cain
New Mathematical Constant

Apostol, Blinn, Corrigan, California Institute of Technology

Videotape-and-workbook 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
Addition formulas
- The Tunnel of Samos
- Teachers Workshop

In addition, an Early History of Mathematics videotape
traces some mathematical landmarks:


ABSURD MATH - Michael Cain
Pre-algebra from another dimension
HRM Video and LearningWave Communications

An interactive problem-solving 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 flesh-eating 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

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.

AbSuRd MaTh is hosted by LearningWave Communications:



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:

Devlin's Angle, MAA Online

FIBONACCI AT RANDOM - Ivars Peterson, Science News Online



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