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> Could you pass this on to some of your members? > > Dear math teacher, > > Do you have any math teachers who like baseball? > > The Boston Globe is working with the National Council of Teachers of > Mathematics to find volunteers to go to baseball games (for free) to > work out an interesting problem. > > We need four volunteers to go together on two nights to one of the 30 > major league parks in the next three weeks. (And maybe earlier if > there's a strike!) > > Believe it or not, for an article on foul balls and safety, we're > counting at every major league ballpark the number of seats within 90 > feet of home plate, the number of those seats unprotected from line > drive foul balls by netting, the distance from home plate to the closest > seat, and the length of the netting. The trick is that we have to > measure all this without going onto the field, so that's where the math > teachers come in. > > We want to finish our work by Sept. 8. The Globe will obtain credentials > to allow you free access to the park, before and during the game. You > would need to be able to go early to the game, four hours before the > starting time, when the media gate opens. So far we have volunteers for > Boston, Atlanta, Los Angles, Houston Astros, and Toronto. > > The details and description of the problem are at > http://PowerReporting.com/files/ballparks.html > and in an identical Word document for easy printing at this Web address: > http://PowerReporting.com/files/ballparks.doc (it's a large file, nearly > 1 MB). > > Please speak up if the method doesn't make sense, or if you think of a > better one. > > We are looking for this as soon as possible: a commitment to attend two > games on a certain date, and the names and e-mail addresses of the four > teachers. Details are in the Word file. > > Teams spoken for so far (9): Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Los > Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto. > > Teams still available (21): Anaheim, Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit, > Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Colorado, Cincinnati, Florida, Kansas > City, Montreal, Oakland, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New York Mets, New York > Yankees, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Texas. > > Thanks, > > Bill > > Bill Dedman > The Boston Globe > Dedman@Globe.com > > > >