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        MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 7, 2007 - No. 58

  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: Equations of Motion
  Thomas S. Downey
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/33736/
  A Java applet that explores the equations of motion,
  starting from the acceleration function, with actions to
  try using the applet. Includes a re-scalable presentation
  version with large fonts.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Riemann Sums
  Thomas S. Downey
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/33725/
  A Java applet that introduces Riemann sums, with questions
  to answer using the applet. Includes a re-scalable
  presentation version with large fonts.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Exponential Functions
  Thomas S. Downey
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/33640/
  A Java applet that illustrates the derivative of an
  exponential function, with questions to answer using the
  applet. Includes a re-scalable presentation version with
  large fonts.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Virtual Paper Cut and Fold
  Mike Sokolov
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/34867/
  Learn how to make snowflake patterns and create a
  five-pointed star. The interactive site offers both a
  Flash tool and a faster, more fully-featured Java applet
  that allows you to save the snowflakes to a gallery, as
  well as links to other sites with instructions for making
  snowflakes and stars by folding and cutting paper.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Smithmath Customizable Graphing Game
  smithmath.com
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/34885/
  Play this customizable game by entering functions that
  "hit" certain coordinates while avoiding others. Players
  (or teachers) can add as many of the coordinates to target
  or avoid, as well as set color scheme and game parameters
  such as scoring, game title, and number of allowed attempts.
  Use the "Help" button for instructions.

  ***FEATURED DISCUSSION
  smart board question
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=___tool__g-12
  Lincoln states, "I would like to learn how to keep the smart
  board/projector on, maintain the current screen, and do
  administrative tasks that I don't want the kids to see
  (attendance, etc)"

  ***FEATURED DISCUSSION
  Resources for PreCalc & AP Calculus
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=pc_____g-6
  gcoston explains, "I am trying to open up our program to the
  advanced high school math crowd, but I need some assistance
  on picking out resources (textbooks; activity based) for
  PreCalc and AP Calculus."

  ***FEATURED DISCUSSION
  PEMDAS
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=_ac____g-5
  VEJ writes, "If you are able to provide a few examples of how
  this strategy does not apply, I would like to pass [them] on."

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                The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 7 December 2007