 Web of Stories
Watch life stories of "people who have influenced and changed our world," such as Nobel laureates and eminent scientists  or record your own stories. Video biographies available through the Web of Stories' flagship channel "Lives" include mathematician
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 WebPisces  Gallery of Interactive Geometry, Geometry Center
A Webbased interface to the Pisces program that allows you to compute implicitly defined curves in the plane. Choose from several predefined functions and modify their parameters and domains. Pisces is a Platform for Implicit Surfaces and Curves and
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 WebStat  R. Webster West, Todd Ogden; Dept. of Statistics, Univ. of South Carolina
A statistical computing environment for the World Wide Web, written in the form of a Java applet. WebStat should run on any of the three major platforms (Mac, PC, Unix). It is currently equipped to do almost everything you need for an introductory statistics
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 WebTeacher  National Cable Television Association, Tech Corps
A selfpaced free internet tutorial designed for teachers and including both basic and indepth information about the World Wide Web. Email, Telnet, FTP, searching, web page design, image files, sound files, movie files, news groups, chat groups, teleconferencing,
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 Web Tutor  Chris Caldwell; Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science, Univ. of Tennessee at Martin
A 1995 cgi program (written in PERL) that turns a directory of files into pages of a tutorial with an automatically generated table of contents, a registration process and buttons for navigation through the tutorial. Example math tutorials on graph theory
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 The Web Wizard's Math Challenge  J. Mooser
An ongoing Internet contest; register (free) to submit answers and score points. Problems are designed to be readily understood but not readily solved. Speed counts, because points are awarded based on the order in which contestants submit correct answers.
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 WeBWorK  Meliora Mathematica, University of Rochester
Delivering homework problems to students over the Internet. WeBWorK gives students instant feedback as to whether their answers are correct or not. Originally developed by Michael E. Gage, Professor of Mathematics, University of Rochester.
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 Weighing the Evidence  Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
Hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have equipped us with many useful mental abilities  our instinct to avoid many dangerous situations and our use of language are two obvious examples. However, evolution has not equipped us to handle statistical
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 Weight Puzzles  Erich's Puzzle Palace; Erich Friedman
Sixteen puzzles involving weights on fulcra. Can you figure out how much each weight weighs? Answers provided.
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 Welcome to Steve's Blog  Steven Rasmussen
Blog of Steve Rasmussen, the CEO and President of KCP Technologies, between 20072008. Ideas, commentary, photos, and "adventures relating to mathematics education" included Rejuvenating the Mathematics Education Profession; Welcome to My Taxi Diaries
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 Wesley Pegden
Publications, curriculum vita, links, and more from the Carnegie Mellon University combinatorialist. See, in particular, Pegden's interactive gallery of zoomable sandpiles on various lattices, which illustrate the Geometric and Functional Analysis paper
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 We Use Math  BYU Mathematics Department
From actuary to urban planner, read short descriptions of the scores of careers that use math  or log in to submit your own career entry. Each occupation's writeup includes its salary range, educational background, the specific math courses it requires,
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 What Affects Women's Decisions to Pursue Graduate Degrees in Mathematics?  Kathleen L. Bonn
A presentation summary given at the AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 1013, 1996, in Orlando, Florida.
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 What Can Mathematics Do For The Businessperson?  Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
In business, the ability to dig beneath the surface of a problem to see what
the real underlying issues are, and the capacity for clear and logical thought, can be extremely valuable. And learning mathematics provides an excellent way to develop that
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 What Does It Take to Be an Expert Problem Solver?  Annie and John Selden; Mathematical Association of America
Organized into five sections: ExpertNovice Studies Have Often Concentrated
on Textbook Problems; Solving Nonroutine Problems; Are Mathematicians Expert Problem Solvers? How Might One Teach Problem Solving? and The Importance of Affect. From the MAA's
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 What is 1+1?  Math Forum, Ask Dr. Math Common Question
A selection of answers to questions about what 1+1 is in decimal and binary, how to prove it with Peanos Postulates, as well as a false proof that 1 + 1 = 1.
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 What is a Fractal?  Alan Beck; Glyphs
The word "fractal" was coined less than twenty years ago by Benoit Mandelbrot, whose work, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, first introduced and explained concepts underlying this new vision. Mandelbrot derived the term "fractal" from the Latin verb frangere,
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 What is a Fractal?  Sarah Seastone, Math Forum
A short description (with illustrations of the Mandelbrot Set) of fractals, paraphrased from Chapter 1, "A Mathematical and Historical Tour," of Robert Devaney's book, A First Course in Chaotic Dynamic Systems.
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 What is Chaos?  Matthew A. Trump; University of Texas at Austin
An interactive online physics course for everyone: a 5part nontechnical introduction to physics and chaotic motion in classical and quantum mechanics. Contents include: The Philosophy of Determinism (every cause has a unique effect, and vice versa);
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 What is Combinatorics? What is Optimization?  Dept. of Combinatorics and Optimization, Univ. of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
A brief description of combinatorics, the mathematics of discretely structured problems. This field includes graph theory, enumeration, designs and polyhedra. In particular, this study is indispensable to computer science. Programs offered by the Dept.
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 whatis?com  Glossary of Internet Terms
An annotated glossary of Internet terminology, from abacus, aliasing, Altavista, and avator to zcoordinates and zipping. Also The Top Twenty (last week's most frequently consulted words); Books you like; phone numbers; and Every file format in the world,
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 What is Go?  Mindy McAdams
An introducation to the 4,000 year old Chinese board game called Go in Japan, Baduk in Korea, and Weichi in China. Teaching materials and links to many of the most popular Go websites are included. Contents: brief history of the game; professional players,
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 What is Mathematics: Goedel's Theorem and Around  Karlis Podnieks
An extended translation of Podnieks' book, published in 1992 in Russian. Contents include: Platonism, intuition and the nature of mathematics; Axiomatic set theory; First order arithmetic; Hilbert's Tenth problem; Incompleteness theorems; Around Goedel's
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 What Is Mathematics?  John M. Lawler, Dept. of Linguistics, Univ. of Michigan
Listings of links on Godel, Escher, and Bach, and other material related to Hofstadter's book by that name, from a math appreciation course.
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 What is Math?  Field Cady
Blog of "miniessays about the history and nature of math, and how it fits into the spectrum of human activity," by an applied mathematician and algorithm developer who specializes in statistics and "big data" analytics and statistical modeling. Posts,
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 What Is Scientific Notation And How Is It Used?  R. H. Logan, Instructor of Chemistry, El Centro College
A scientific notation lesson that explains how to use scientific notation for: Numbers Greater Than 10; Numbers Less Than One; Numbers between 1 and 10; Division of Exponentially Notated Numbers; Addition and Subtraction Using Exponential Notation. Includes
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 What is the best way to lace your shoes?  Burkard Polster, Nature
"The two most popular ways to lace shoes have historically been to use 'crisscross' or 'straight' lacing  but are these the most efficient? Here we demonstrate mathematically that the shortest lacing is neither of these, but instead is a rarely used
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 What Is Your Answer to That Question?  Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny, with Don Greenwell
The question  Why study mathematics?  appears in a multitude of guises and a plethora of variants... Mathematics is often compared to art. Like literature, mathematics has metaphor, ambiguity, paradox, and mystery. It has history. Mathematics has contributed
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 What kind of math? Photo Challenge  Kathryn Mann
Pictures of math graduate students with wordbubbles showing "the kind of math that's right" for them. Submit your own group snapshots and subfields. Inspired by an observation that a flyer from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) reinforced sexist
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 What on Earth is a Logarithm?  Peter Alfeld, University of Utah
An understandingbased approach to powers and logarithms, with a link to a special example: how to convert a logarithm with respect to one base to a logarithm with respect to another base; and a Java applet logarithm calculator.
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 What's Going On During Mathematics Awareness Month  Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
"This year's theme is mathematics and biology. Two important examples of how mathematics is used in biology are: in developing computer models of the human heart, which are helping us to understand how the heart works and, more importantly, how it goes
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 What's New  Terence Tao, UCLA
Updates on Tao's research and expository papers, discussion of open problems, and other mathsrelated topics. Blog posts, which date to February, 2007, have included "Riemannian manifolds and curvature" and "Sailing into the wind, or faster than the wind"
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 What's Special About This Number?  Erich's Puzzle Palace; Erich Friedman
A list of the integers from zero to 9,999, each annotated with one significant mathematical property and colorcoordinated by that property's category.
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 what's your favourite number?  Alex Bellos
Enter your favorite number and the reasons for your choice. Part of a research project concerning how humans relate to numbers, this international survey is being conducted by Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Here's Looking At
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 What the Heck are Logarithms?  William Park
A paper designed to help college freshmen develop an intuitive understanding of what logarithms are and how to use them. Problems to be worked without using a calculator.
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 What the Media Look for in a Math Story  Kathleen Holmay
A summary of comments by Shirish Date, Reporter, Orlando Sentinel; Samantha Eaddy, Public Information Officer, U. of Central Florida; and Keith Devlin, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, CA. A discussion organized by Richard H. Herman and Kathleen Holmay of
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 What Will Be the Effect of a Standardsbased Education on College Students?  Judith Roitman
This article, by Judith Roitman of the University of Kansas, appeared in the April 1995 FOCUS, the newsletter of the MAA. Among other things, Roitman discusses the need for dialog between K12 teachers and their college counterparts, and difficulties
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 What Work Requires of Schools  Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was asked to examine the demands of the workplace and whether today's young people are capable of meeting those demands as they enter employment. In carrying out this charge, the Commission
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 When Am I Going to Use This?  Column Five Media
This graphic plots popular career choices on axes of "number of math concepts" and "median average salary" to illustrate the basic math, algebra, geometry, or trigonometry required of athletes, cosmetologists, carpenters, pilots, psychologists, lawyers,
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 When mathematics has to be theater  Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
A mathematician's entry into the world of commercial multimedia  the creation of an interactive calculus textbook on CDROM.
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 When mathematics is plain sailing  Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
In the ocean waters off New Zealand, an intense mathematical olympiad has just begun: The America's Cup  a yacht race, the premier international event in
ocean sailing. Competition is fierce. The technical challenges are enormous. And the costs are
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 When The Counting Gets Tough, The Tough Count On Mathematics  Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles, Alexander Bogomolny
A discussion by William A. McWorter, Jr. of the application of the recursion formula for the Fibonacci sequence to counting and vector problems.
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 Which One Is Older? (Math Chat)  Frank Morgan, MAA Online
Creative solutions to the challenge: how can two people determine which is older without revealing their ages? Math videos available from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute via the MAA. "Mathematics in Arcadia," "Fermat's Last Theorem," as seen
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 Whips and Dinosaur Tails  Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
The loud crack of a deftly flicked bullwhip is a small sonic boom, generated when the whip’s thin, highly flexible tip exceeds the speed of sound. Sauropod dinosaurs of the family Diplodocidae have enormous tails that gradually narrow to thin, delicate
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 White Narcissus  Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
The elegant, swooping forms carved out of wood by sculptor Robert Longhurst often resemble gracefully curved soap films that span twisted loops of wire dipped into soapy water. Alhough these abstract sculptures bear an uncanny resemblance to mathematical
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 WhizGraph  a program for data analysis and graphic presentation on your Mac  Hans Timm
WhizGraph is a data analysis and graphic presentation shareware program for the Macintosh. It combines professional graphing and versatile layout options with clear data management and comfortable macro calculation. The website provides more specifications,
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 Wholemovement  Bradford HansenSmith
Bradford HansenSmith presents the art and geometry of folding circles. As he explains, "Everything we know about geometry, mathematics, and all spatial arrangement and organization of matter is demonstrated by cutting into the wholeness of the sphere.
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 Who Likes Homework
Tutors and homework helpers in math, chemistry, physics and more.
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 Who's Counting  John Allen Paulos
Columns by Prof. John Allen Paulos, the author of Innumeracy, Mathematician Reads a Newspaper, and other popular books. Humorous and enjoyable articles by a keen observer of the world around him whose mind has been sharpened by mathematical practice.
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 Who's Really Ahead?  Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
The winding down of the current baseball season seems an appropriate time to take a look at a curious inconsistency that sometimes appears in team standings... Once in a while the team with the higher winning percentage may be at least onehalf a game
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