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     MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - December 26, 2011 - No. 104

***2012 Mathematics Game
http://mathforum.org/yeargames/
The year game puzzle will be back to challenge students in 
grades 3-12 to write expressions for each of the counting numbers 
1 through 100, using the digits in the year 2012, standard 
operations, and grouping symbols. Students may start submitting 
solutions January 1, 2012; revisit the site after February 1, 2012, 
to see the first solutions.

***Holiday Shopping with the Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/amazon.html
Shopping online with Amazon.com or Target this holiday season? 
Start at mathforum.org, and with one small initial step, you can 
help sustain the Math Forum.

***Math Forum Orientations
http://mathforum.org/pd/#sessions
We recently opened three free, self-paced orientations to 
Math Forum services.

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As you browse the catalog, please take a moment to rate a
resource, comment on it, review it -- join an existing
conversation, or start a new discussion!

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: iPad Online Countdown Timer
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/151268/
Luis Perez
Online countdown stopwatch with a large display that makes it 
perfect for classrooms, presentations, and large audiences. 
There's nothing to download and it runs in the background, so 
you don't have to start over if you accidentally close it. 
It's optimized for the iPad but also works on Macs and PCs, 
as well as smart phones and tablets.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Sliding Blocks Puzzle Game
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/151411/
Kids Math Games Online
Completing the puzzle requires removing the red square from the 
puzzle area so think hard and come up with a good strategy.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: DC Proof: An Aid to Teach the Methods of Proof
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/150075/
Dan Christensen
DC Proof is a PC-based educational software package. It is 
designed to facilitate students' transition to proof-based 
mathematics at the undergraduate or advanced high school levels. 
An interactive tutorial is included that introduces the standard 
methods of proof using examples and exercises.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: 3d ploter
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/135818/
guska076 & asgraf
The program uses the HTML5 canvas (HTML5 canvas javascript API) 
and web workers. Mathematical calculations are performed using 
the web workers, and the results are drawn on the canvas surface. 
Application works best on Google Chrome.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Fun Shopping Game for Kids
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/151410/
Kids Math Games Online
Users read the shopping note and buy the items they are supposed 
to while remembering to spend as little money as possible. Buy 
various fruits, breads, drinks and snacks using the correct amount 
of money and see how many challenges can be completed.

***FEATURED TECHNOLOGY POW
Technology PoW: Balloon Booths
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/17731/
Roschelle, Drier, Gertler, Jackiw, and Alejandre
Pop a hot air balloon by scaling its size so that it fits through 
a narrow passage and hits a nail. NOTE: A free login is required.
Sign up using the link on the login page, or use your existing
KenKen or Problems of the Week login--see this page for details:
http://mathforum.org/tpow/


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      The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 26 December 2011