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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 5.37 (11 Sept 2000)
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Sep 8, 2000 9:14 AM


11 September 2000 Vol. 5, No. 37
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Early Childhood Math Activities  Complex Numbers  Joyce Helping with Homework  T2T FAQ, TeacherWeb
EARLY CHILDHOOD: WHERE LEARNING BEGINS  MATHEMATICS U.S. Department of Education
http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EarlyMath/
Mathematical activities for parents and their children ages 2 to 5, in a free printable booklet by Carol Sue Fromboluti and Natalie Rinck, edited by Diane Magarity with illustrations by Barbara Leonard Gibson.
For parents and caregivers, this publication focuses attention on children's early lives before they enter school. Contents include:
 Preface  why this booklet?  Introduction  how to use the booklet  What is Mathematics?  big concepts in mathematics and some general strategies for helping children learn them  Activities for Your Day  math activities that might easily fit into everyday routines, including:
Getting Up in the Morning Waiting at the Doctor's Office or Other Places Around the House Games for More Than One Child
 Appendix  children's books on math topics; Web sites, CDROMs, and other resources that deal with math  References  for adults
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DAVE'S SHORT COURSE ON COMPLEX NUMBERS  David Joyce
http://www.clarku.edu/~djoyce/complex/
An introduction to complex numbers, intended for a general audience familiar with ordinary real numbers (all positive and negative numbers and zero) and algebra.
The unit includes a little history:  quadratic and cubic equations  the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra  the number i
and the mathematics:  the complex plane, addition, subtraction  absolute value  multiplication  angles and polar coordinates  reciprocals, conjugation, and division  powers and roots
In the section on angles and polar coordinates (optional in an introduction), which goes further into complex numbers, some background in trigonometry is needed.
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HELPING WITH HOMEWORK  T2T FAQ Math Forum, Teacher2Teacher Service
http://mathforum.com/t2t/faq/faq.homework.taco
From the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher service, answers to a frequently asked question: How can I help my child with math homework?
Suggestions include ideas to try, archived T2T conversations on the subject, resources from the archives of Ask Dr. Math, and links to relevant Web sites.
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Teachers wishing to provide a way for students and parents to view classroom information on the Web may want to explore TeacherWeb, a place to create free, personal pages for posting assignments, announcements, and other educational material: http://TeacherWeb.com/ .
See a sample, including how homework assignments can be updated, at: http://TeacherWeb.com/AK/Appleton/Applebee/ http://TeacherWeb.com/AK/Appleton/Applebee/uhomework.stm
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