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Sarah Seastone - In Memoriam (26 September 2003)
Sarah Seastone died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, after a prolonged illness. Sarah was an amazing member of the Forum community who leaves us with strong memories and an incredible legacy of people served and to be served by her archives, online help, and editing.

Active Problem Library (22 September 2003)
Students can submit to any of over 800 creative, non-routine challenges at any time in the new Active Problem Library. Encompassing all past and active services, the Active Problem Library organizes PoWs for browsing by mathematics topic and story topic. In addition, it rates problems for difficulty level, and provides for searching by keyword. The public has free access to browse the library. For unrestricted access and submission to the Active Problem Library, subscribe to one of our Membership Services.

Chameleon Graphing: Plane History by Ursula Whitcher (10 September 2003)
A Web unit for middle school and early high school students, in which Sam the Chameleon introduces and explores the history of the coordinate plane. This information accompanies a unit for elementary and middle school students on The Coordinate Plane and Lines and Slope.


August Workshop (30 August 2002)
Complex Number Applet (27 August 2003)
Math Tools community member Sione Palu has written a new applet that does symbolic calculation of complex numbers. You can enter integers and fractions for the component values of a complex number (real and imaginary).

Technology as a Tool in the Primary Classroom (25 August 2003)
Suzanne Alejandre and Varnelle Moore, authors of this article published in the September 2003 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics, describe how Varnelle presents mathematical concepts to her kindergarten students using a variety of activities, including manipulatives, technology, stories, and paper-and-pencil tasks.

New Problems of the Week (22 August 2003)
The Geometry and Pre-Algebra Problems of the Week will open on Monday, August 25th, 2003. The Math Fundamentals and Algebra Problems of the Week will open the following Monday. All users will be able to freely access the problems and submit solutions.

Our payment systems will be in place shortly for paid mentoring, lessons and activities, and the Active Problem Library. Submitters can check a box for paid mentoring, scoring, or free mentoring when they submit solutions. Scoring and mentoring will begin right away for those who intend to purchase one of these options

A Collection of Applets (20 August 2003)
Math Tools community member Sione Palu has been working with the staff at the Math Forum to make his Java applets available for classroom use. Palu has offered to consider creating additional applets using topics suggested by teachers.

Order your Dr. Math books! (8 August 2003)
The Math Forum is proud to announce the publication of Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra, the first in a series of four books based on our popular online math resource, Ask Dr. Math. The second book, Dr. Math Explains Algebra is available for advance purchase through and will be on bookstore shelves in November, 2003.

Current Status of the Problems of the Week (7 August 2003)
Our new year of problems begins on Monday, August 25, 2003. In an effort to better meet the needs of our community, as well as to cover the costs of projects no longer funded by grants, the Problems of the Week will be offering several different levels of service this year. We will continue to offer free bi-weekly problems in math fundamentals, pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry, and our volunteers will offer limited amounts of free mentoring. Our new paid services will include several types of membership services.


National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) (2 July 2003)
San Antonio, Texas, June 30 - July 2, 2003: At the annual meeting of computer using educators, Steve Weimar and Suzanne Alejandre presented a Web Poster Session, Tools for Learning Math Online: Software, Lessons, and Mentoring.

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