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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
  organized into courses: follow the link for the Site Map,
  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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                   The Math Forum -- 6 March 2004