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March

Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (31 March 2000)
More than 250 sites were updated and over 110 more were added to the Math Library during March of 2000.

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (31 March 2000)
The Forum's six problems of the week (Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus/Trigonometry, and Discrete Math) covered four full weeks during March (numbers on the March 27 puzzles will be reported in April). More than 8,000 submissions were received in all, with the Geometry POW in the lead at over 3,100.

Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) (25 March 2000)
Sessions by Judy Ann Brown, Shelly Berman and Annie Fetter provided an overview of Math Forum features and services, as well as a more in-depth look at how the Problem of the Week projects at each grade level improve students' mathematical communication and problem-solving skills. (See sessions 87, 120, 151, and 185.) The conference was held at in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

       



Encouraging Mathematical Thinking: Discourse around a Rich Problem (21 March 2000)
In an attempt to integrate practice and research, this videopaper by the Math Forum's Bridging Research & Practice Group (BRAP) of teacher practitioners and Math Forum Staff reports on findings culled from discussions of research articles and chapters, classroom practice, and videotapes of classroom teaching, noting links between these findings and research into student learning and instruction. It incorporates video clips from the teachers' classrooms, and provides a challenge Cylinder Problem with lessons for various levels and student predictions of outcomes. The paper was presented at a March 9-10 conference sponsored by TERC, Bridging Research & Practice - Videopapers in Mathematics Education, in Dedham, Massachusetts. Readers are encouraged to contribute their thoughts through a public discussion.

New Dr. Math FAQ (5 March 2000)
What are Pythagorean triples? What do they have to do with Fermat's Last Theorem? See Dr. Math's Pythagorean Triples.



February

Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (29 February 2000)
More than 300 sites were updated and over 100 more were added to the Math Library during February of 2000.

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (29 February 2000)
Because of the shortened month, the Forum's six problems of the week (Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus/Trigonometry, and Discrete Math) posted three instead of the usual four problems in February. In all, over 6,500 submissions were received.

January-February additions to the Dr. Math Archives (29 February 1999)
Ninety new question-&-answer entries were added to the tables of contents during January and February of 2000.

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (16 February 2000)
Shelly Berman, Annie Fetter and Judy Ann Brown gave presentations for teachers from a consortium of Montgomery County school districts in support of an Educate America Act Project - Using Technology to Enhance the Teaching of Mathematics. An overview of the Math Forum's services and strategies for searching for Web resources was provided for all participants (grades K-12). The secondary level teachers also explored geometric and analytic content with the Geometer's Sketchpad. The conference was held at the MCIU Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

New Dr. Math FAQs (1 February 2000)
How do you divide fractions - say, 2/3 divided by 3/4? When I'm given a 'word problem', where do I start? See Dr. Math's Dividing Fractions and Word Problems.



January

Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (31 January 2000)
More than 260 sites were updated or added to the Math Library during January of 2000.

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (31 January 1999)
In all, the Forum's six problems of the week (Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus/Trigonometry, and Discrete Math) received almost 8,700 submissions during the month of January.

ATMOPAV Winter Conference (29 January 2000)
Shelly Berman and Annie Fetter presented an overview of the Math Forum's services and instructional uses entitled "Your Portal to a Personal Mathematics Center." The conference was held in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

NCTM Southern Regional Conference (27-29 January 2000)
Judy Ann Brown and Roya Salehi introduced Middle/High School teachers to the Internet through a hands-on computer workshop; "Mathematics Communication through Problems of the Week." The conference was held in El Paso, Texas.

New Dr. Math FAQ (10 January 2000)
What is the Pythagorean theorem? When would you use it? How can we prove it? See Dr. Math's The Pythagorean Theorem.

2000 Mathematics Game - Judy Brown (1 January 2000)

A puzzle for students in grades 3-12 with a general knowledge of mathematics. Use the digits in the year 2000 and the operations +, -, x, /, sqrt (square root), ^ (raise to a power), and ! (factorial), along with grouping symbols, to write expressions for the counting numbers 1 through 100.

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