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      MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 6, 2003 - No. 9

  Last April when we first unveiled Math Tools, resources
  from Shodor's Project Interactivate and Utah State's
  National Library of Virtual Manipulatives populated the
  first course that we opened, Math 7. Recently the
  Project Interactivate resources have been re-cataloged
  so that they are aligned, taking all of the courses into
  consideration. Next month the re-cataloging of Utah
  State's resources will be complete as well.

  Over 2300 users are registered Math Tools community
  members and over 2000 items are in the catalog. We
  appreciate your interest and participation in Math Tools
  as we develop this new digital library.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Rabbits and Wolves Applet
  Shodor: Project Interactivate
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool.html?id=379
  This simulation of population dynamics contains "rabbits,"
  "wolves," and "grass." It keeps track of statistics over
  time, producing a graph showing cause and effect of the
  increasing and decreasing populations. The many parameters
  of the simulation allow you to vary it to discover how your
  changes affect the overall system over time.

  ***FEATURED LESSON
  Reading Graphs
  Shodor: Project Interactivate
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/lesson.html?id=310
  This lesson is designed to introduce students to graphing
  functions and to reading simple functions from graphs. Many
  of the examples are motivated by a situation described by
  the graph.

  ***TOOLS DISCUSSION
  Math Tools Discussions on Problems of the Week Using
  Java Applet Technology
  http://mathforum.org/escot/boone.html
  A discussion started on Friday, November 21, between Susan
  Boone, her students, and members of the Math Forum staff.
  We invite you to try the problems and contribute to the
  discussion.

  ***DEVELOPERS AREA DISCUSSION
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?do=m&thread=___disc_1_g
  Jill Britton requested that someone update the Magic Square
  Java Applet and George Reese has asked a programmer at MSTE
  to work on an improved applet. Watch this discussion thread
  for updates on the progress of this improvement.

  ***RESEARCH AREA DISCUSSION
  Participation has begun on the action research project that
  George Reese presented in the Research Area last month. If you
  are interested in participating, feel free to join in the
  discussion.
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?do=r&msg=_____ra-15


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                   The Math Forum -- 6 December 2003