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```      MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 7, 2006 - No. 44

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resource, comment on it, review it -- or start a new
discussion!

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Homework
murali99 asks, "Getting the students to complete the
assignments and home work is getting difficult day after day.
Any ideas to get it done easily?"

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
K3DSurf: New 3D math tool
nextstep announces, "I'm developing a new mathematic tool
suggestions are welcome."

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
First Impressions of Dimenxian
QB writes, "I think it's an interesting approach to students
learning algebra.... I'd be curious to hear what you all

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Thinking Blocks: Addition and Subtraction
Colleen King
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/26128/
Learn how to solve word problems involving addition and
subtraction. Organize story components into visual models
that are easy to understand.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Thinking Blocks: Multiplication and Division
Colleen King
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/26797/
Learn how to solve challenging multiplication and division
problems by building simple math models.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Function Grapher Applet
Amir Rashedi
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/26523/
With this one-variable function grapher applet and function
evaluator, users can rotate axis/axes, change scale, and
translate by using mouse or by entering data. The web site
also contains information about functions, the coordinate
system, and graphs of functions.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Math Open Reference: Thales' Theorem
John Page
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/26227/
A web page and interactive applet illustrating Thales' Theorem
(the diameter of a circle always subtends a right angle to
any point on the circumference).

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Math Open Reference: Definition and properties of
a Parallelogram
John Page
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/26704/
The applet shows a parallelogram where the user can drag any
vertex. The other points then move in such a way that the
figure remains a parallelogram at all times. A control to
hide the details allows a classroom discussion where students
can try to infer what the properties are as it is reshaped by

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