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```         MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - MARCH 6, 2004 - No. 12

Happy One Year Anniversary, Math Tools community members! In
the past twelve months, you and 3198 other registered users
have helped the Math Tools site collect, discuss, and improve
upon 2374 tools, lesson plans, and other resources.

To build on the nearly one thousand posts to Math Tools
discussions, Math Tools community leaders will select
noteworthy conversations each week:

Highlighted Discussions
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/highlights.html

Please suggest other discussions to highlight by writing
Suzanne at suzanne@mathforum.org

We've also overhauled our help pages:
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/mytools/help.html

And if you haven't already, check out Math Tools topics
now at the top of the right sidebar under the word BROWSE.
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/sitemap.html

A team from SRI International has published a formative
study of Math Tools users in the February, 2004, issue of
D-Lib Magazine. The article, by Nicole Shechtman, Mark Chung,
and Jeremy Roschelle, provides demographics about our
community, and synthesizes some of our concerns and
priorities:

Supporting Member Collaboration in the Math Tools DL
http://www.dlib.org/dlib/february04/shechtman/02shechtman.html

***RESEARCH AREA
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/research/march2004.html
George Reese's article documents a discussion that
illustrates the type of constructive conversation and
growth that can go on around a math tool.

***FEATURED LESSON PLAN
Chaos
Shodor: Project Interactivate
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool.html?id=1587
Learn the concepts and applications of chaos theory.
RELATED DISCUSSION:
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?id=1587&context=tool

***FEATURED ACTIVITY
Algebra Tiles: Multiplying Binomials - 1
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool.html?id=3731
Find the product of two binomials using algebra tiles.
RELATED DISCUSSION:
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?id=3731&context=tool

***FEATURED TOOL
Circle 3
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool.html?id=3033
Position the numbers inside the circles and intersections
of circles in such a way that the three numbers in each
of the circles sums (adds up) to zero.
RELATED DISCUSSION:
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?id=3033&context=tool

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