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        MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 8, 2004 - No. 11

  We're sticking to our New Year's resolutions, cutting down
  on irrelevant postings and making it easier to work with
  Math Tools. So far, we've implemented:

    - Login requirement
        To post to any discussion
        To submit a question to the webmaster

    - Password notification
        Want a reminder of your password?

    - Discussion pages link to their tools
        To help you easily find a tool from its
        corresponding discussion page

    - Subject lines in discussion e-mails
        To show the topics of messages when subscribers
        receive email notification of new discussion posts

  Before completely focusing our programming efforts on the
  next version of Math Tools, we will make a few incremental
  improvements, including:

     - New and improved Help pages
     - Consolidated discussion threads

  We are happy to announce that the resources from both Texas
  Instruments and from Utah State's National Library of
  Virtual Manipulatives have been re-cataloged so that they
  are aligned, taking all of the courses into consideration.

  Students in George Reese's University of Illinois
  Urbana-Champaign class, titled "The Computer and Mathematics
  Education," have been browsing the catalog, selecting and
  interacting with tools, and posting their critiques on
  corresponding discussion pages.

  Simple Harmonic Motion
  Department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia
  Experiment with functions of the form sin(wt + phi).

  The Hispaniola Water Shortage
  Students are asked to use virtual containers of water, of
  definite sizes, and combine them in various ways to come
  up with as many different resulting volumes as possible.

  National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (Utah State University)
  An electronic abacus that can be used to do arithmetic.

  Number Line Arithmetic
  National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (Utah State University)
  Illustrates arithmetic operations using a number line.

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                  The Math Forum -- 8 February 2004