MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2, 2006 - No. 46 As you browse the catalog, please take a moment to rate a resource, comment on it, review it -- or start a new discussion! ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Personal Shopper James Malazita, Gwen Roberts, Josh Fisher http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/27874/ The Personal Shopper game uses shopping and money-handling in order to reinforce the idea of proportional reasoning. The gameplay involves the player being given a certain amount of money, and a percentage of that money is to be spent on various items. ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Math Football Iris Howley, Stephen Hurwitz, Bob O'Brien http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/27912/ Users respond to questions involving percentages or percentage increase in order to have their football advance to the touchdown zone. Questions range from easy to hard. ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Ameba AJ Beyer, Russell Falk, Greg Lynch http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/27914/ Ameba is designed to help students gain a better understanding of ratios and proportions. Students are asked to eat a given amount of dots in reference to the total number of dots on the board. The total number of dots may not always be equivalent to the denominator in the ratio. Students will need to use proportions and the understanding of equivalencies between two ratios to make the highest score. ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Using a Protractor, animated demo - Math Open reference John Page http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/27905 An interactive applet and associated web page that provide step-by-step animated instructions on how to measure angles using a protractor. Specifically, the applet uses a protractor to measure two angles that form a vertical pair, verifying they have the same measure. ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Algebraic Reasoning Colleen King http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/28105/ This program introduces students to fundamental concepts in algebra. Using two or three weighing scales, students must determine the weight of a specific object or group of objects. The program provides three levels of challenge. ***FEATURED DISCUSSION wiki http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=__h_tool__g-16 Susan asks, "Has anyone ever set up a wiki page? Is it hard to do? How have you used it in your classes?" ***FEATURED DISCUSSION Materials in Probability and Statistics on Excel http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=ps__hif_support__g-1 McSCM asks, "Who knows (inexpensive) add-ons regarding materials in probability and statistics, for Excel?" CHECK OUT THE MATH TOOLS SITE: Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Register http://mathforum.org/mathtools/register.html Discussions http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html Research Area http://mathforum.org/mathtools/research/ Developers Area http://mathforum.org/mathtools/developers/ Newsletter Archive http://mathforum.org/mathtools/newsletter/ \`. .--------------.___________) \ |//////////////|___________[ ] `--------------' ) ( '-' The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 2 December 2006