 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 Mathematics?  Math Forum, Ask Dr. Math Common Question
A selection of answers to questions about what mathematics is, such as "Is math a science, an art, or some other anomaly?" and "Is there a difference between arithmetic and mathematics, and what is it?" and "Is math a science or an art?"
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 What Is the Collaborative Classroom? (NCREL)  M.B. Tinzmann, B.F. Jones, T.F. Fennimore, J. Bakker, C. Fine, and J. Pierce
New learning and thinking curricula require collaboration. An article that addresses shared knowledge and authority among teachers and students; teachers as mediators; heterogeneous groupings of students; teacher and student roles; interactions; challenges
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 What Moves U Campaign  American Heart Association; National Football League (NFL)
A national campaign to inspire middle school students to become more physically active. What Moves U provides curriculumbased activity sheets that can be incorporated into lesson plans for 5 core subjects: math, science, social studies, language arts,
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 What Should I Look For in a Math Classroom?  Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB)
A set of practical guidelines, with explanations of their relevance. From the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council.
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 What's Noteworthy on Learners, Learning & Schooling  Midcontinent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL)
"The major challenges for educational reform today are putting the pieces together to create sustainable systemic change and scaling up systemic reform to encompass all schools, all programmatic areas, all levels of schooling and diverse social contexts."
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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 the Problem? Geometry & Art through the Ages  Indianapolis Museum of Art
An exhibit exploring how some artists have used geometry as a creative tool. The site is divided into three topics: lines, polygons, and volume. Also provided as links from the left sidebar are a glossary and a list of references for further reading.
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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 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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 What Works Better than Traditional Math Instruction  Alfie Kohn
Chapter 9 from Kohn's 1999 book The Schools Our Children Deserve contains the subsections "Why the Basics Just Don’t Add Up," "Math Worth Doing," and "Inventing Facts," as well as an appendix entitled "The Hard Evidence: Math Results."
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 What Works Clearinghouse
Reviews of the effectiveness of educational intervention programs, products, practices, and policies. Among other curricula, the WWC has reviewed studies of the Middle School Math Curricula interventions Cognitive Tutor, Compass Learning, Connected Mathematics
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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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 Where to Start?  Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny
A discussion of math education: the intent of the NCTM Standards, reflections on the history of constructivism, classroom practices (with a link to Marilyn Burns' Math Solutions page), and a simple applet for solving linear equations. An interactive column
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 Where Will the New Millennium Begin? (Math Chat)  Frank Morgan; Christian Science Monitor
Assuming the third millennium arrives on January 1, 2001, where on Earth should the celebration begin?
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 Which Countries Are Most Like Stars? (Math Chat)  Frank Morgan, MAA Online
Which countries in the world have a point such that the shortest line from
every other point in the country stays inside the country? (ignore mountains and valleys). Mathematicians call such countries starlike. Are there any countries such that the shortest
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 Which One Doesn't Belong?  Mary Bourassa
Also known as Imposter Sets, "Which One Doesn't Belong?" provides thoughtprovoking puzzles, each with many different, correct ways of identifying the exceptional shape, number, graph, or equation from the colorful 2 × 2 grid of similar ones.
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 Which Polygon Sides are Parallel?  NASA Lewis Learning Technologies Project
Which of these line segments are parallel? Two adjacent sides of a triangle; Two adjacent sides of a pentagon; Two opposite sides of a rectangle; Two radii of a circle. A diagram and a detailed answer are provided. From NASA's 9th Grade Math Proficiency
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 Which Problem Equals 25 Percent?  NASA Lewis Learning Technologies Project
Which problem has an answer of 25 percent? 1) 10 is what percent of 50? 2) 25 is what percent of 75? 3) 25 is what percent of 125? 4) 20 is what percent of 80? A detailed answer is provided. From NASA's 9th Grade Math Proficiency Test.
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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'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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 Who's Really No. 1?  Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
It happens every fall. Fierce arguments erupt over which U.S. college football team is the best in the nation. As the season progresses, this frenzy of head scratching and navel gazing mounts until the climactic bowl games at the end of the year (more
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 Who was Marin Mersenne?  Luther Welsh
It was not until the mid 20th century that Mersenne became known primarily for his Prime Number Conjecture. Historically, he was much better known for his correspondence with leading scientists of the day. Interested in optics, he also been called the
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 The Why Files  University of Wisconsin
An electronic exploration of the issues of science, math, and technology that lurk behind the headlines of the day, presenting those topics in a clear, entertaining and accessible manner. Provides a bimonthly feature on the science of everyday life, archived
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 Why is the Area of a Circle Pi*r^2?  Eva Thury
An explanation of the formula for the area of a circle, based on "slicing" and rearranging the circle.
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 Why is the Mathematician So Messy? (Math Chat)  Frank Morgan, MAA Online
A physicist and a mathematician can clean a house in 6 hours; an engineer and the mathematician in 3 hours; and the physicist and the engineer in 1 hour and 12 minutes. How long would it take the physicist alone?
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 Why is the Product of Negative Numbers Positive? (Question Corner and Discussion Area)  University of Toronto Mathematics Network
A short essay and a description of a practical demonstration.
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 Why It Is Important to Learn Algebra  EdSource
This PDF document is a parent/student guide explaining why Algebra I is a required subject, how it helps prepare students for the future, how Algebra I fits into the student's high school math program, and what parents can do to support their student's
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 Why It's Hard to Fold a Triangle in Half (Math Chat)  Frank Morgan, MAA Online
For a circular piece of paper, the lines along which you can fold it "in half" (with half the area on each side) are precisely the lines through the center. What other shapes work the same way? This works for lots of shapes, such as rectangles, parallelograms,
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 Why Study Math? How to Study Math  Math Forum, Ask Dr. Math FAQ
Why do we need to learn math? When are we ever going to use it in real life? Math study tips.
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 Why Teach Mathematics?  Harold Brochmann
A series of articles addressing the questions Why do we have to learn this stuff? Why do we teach mathematics? Is the mathematics we teach relevant? Why is teaching mathematics so difficult?
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 Wiki Número  Wiki Número
Blog de matemática básica, calculo, estadísticas, juegos con números, ejemplos con resultados, y más. Posts, desde Marzo, 2014, incluyen "Aprenda con ejemplo la Jerarquía de Operaciones," "Formulas de Integrales,"
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 Wikipedia Mathematics
The free encyclopedia's entries on mathematics. A wiki is a collection of interlinked web pages, any of which can be visited and edited by anyone at any time. Many pages also available in a range of foreign languages.
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 Wild About Math!  Sol Lederman
Math posts, which date back to October, 2007, have included "10 ways to get wild about Math," "How to square large numbers quickly (part 1)," "26 tips for using learning styles to help your kids with Math," "The algebra of crossmultiplication," "Flexagon
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 William's Home Page  William Gibbs
A collection of activities that use simple materials to help students explore mathematical concepts. Topics include: shapes and patterns made from paper circles; geometrical activities with magic paper; window patterns from geometrical shapes; where there
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 Will it rot my students' brains if they use Mathematica?  Theodore W. Gray and Jerry Glynn
Excerpts from the introduction to The Beginner's Guide to Mathematica V4. Jerry: "I have young students who reach for their calculators to get the answer to 5×6. My response, when I see that, is to explain that such behavior is socially unacceptable,
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 Wilson A. 'Snowflake' Bentley (18651931)  Tobias C. Brown
An American farmer who spent most of his life producing photomicrographs of snowflakes at his Jericho, Vermont farm. The site includes a Snow Crystal Display with a sequence of 26 images.
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 WINDandSEA  The Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator  The NOAA Central Library
An atmospheric and oceanic sciences Internet Resource Locator with over 800 selected links to science and policy sites organized by topic and alphabetically within topic. Current interest topics (Year of the Ocean; El Nino)a teacher's corner with teachingrelated
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 window into a math classroom  Sadie Estrella
A snapshotdriven blog subtitled "a glimpse into a math classroom once a day." Estrella's posts, enlivened with pictures of her students and of their work on classroom dryerase whiteboards, have included "Trying Math MetaCognition," "More Arguing about
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 WinFiles.com Windows Shareware Collection  CNET, Inc.
A searchable virtual shareware library. Newest shareware, and shareware classified and sorted by platform on "categories" pages  for details, see the Readme file. Includes calculators, mathematical graphing tools, unit converters, educational games and
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 WinFlash Flashcard Library  Open Window Software
A general purpose study program for helping students memorize math facts. Free flashcard decks and a fractions problem generator for use in mastering basic arithmetic facts. For use with any of the WinFlash series of flashcardbased learning systems.
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 A Winning Division  Ivars Peterson (MathTrek)
A farmer plans to divide a triangular piece of land evenly between his son and daughter. Because he wants to be scrupulously fair, he would like the two pieces to have not only equal areas but also equal perimeters. Where should he draw the line? This
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 Winpossible
Online math courses in Winpossible's learning environment replicate the live classroom experience through authoring, presentation and distribution technologies that allow students to hear the teacher's voice and see their handwriting over the Internet.
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 Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER)  School of Education, Univ. of WisconsinMadison
One of the oldest and largest education research centers in the world, providing an environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER roster includes nearly two dozen research centers and projects
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 Wisconsin Mathematics Talent Search  Mathematics Department, Univ. of Wisconsin
Each school year, the Talent Search creates five sets of five problems each and distributes them to high school and middle school students in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the world. These problems are not easy, but their solutions do not require
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 Wise Education and Behavior  Rachel Wise
Educational and behavioral tips on math strategies include "Using Games to Teach Computation"; "Teaching Mental Math"; and "Keywords, Relevant Information, Creating Visuals."
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 Without Geometry, Life Is Pointless  Avery Pickford
"Musings on math, education, teaching, and research" by a teacher. Blog posts, which date back to May, 2010, have included "What Makes a Problem Great," "Habits of Mind," "My 6th Grade Version of Algebra," "Technology in School: Where's My Hovercraft?
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 wNetSchool
A resource for K12 teachers, with some information for adult education teachers (i.e., the GED exam). Subscribing to the site is free, but one may also enter without subscribing. wNetSchool provides lesson plans centered around the Internet or educational
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 WolframAlpha  Wolfram Alpha LLC
A computational knowledge engine that "computes whatever can be computed about anything." Query Alpha about "essentially any kind of systematic factual knowledge," with particular strengths in "areas where computation or mathematics have traditionally
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 The Wolfram Demonstrations Project  Wolfram Research, Inc.
A web collection of freely available demonstrations in math, science, and many other areas. Interact with the demonstrations directly in your browser. Each Demonstration contains a set of related links to sites such as MathWorld, The Wolfram Functions
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