Using the Math Forum Problems of the Week
to Practice Communicating Mathematics

presented by Judy Ann Brown

at the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey
13th Annual Two-Day Conference
Somerset, New Jersey, October 25-26, 2000
"Mathematics: Visualizing the Big Picture"

Math Forum || Student Center || Teachers' Place

Welcome to the Math Forum a WebCT community. We have several ambitious goals planned for our Problems of the Week session today. They are:
  1. to solve an interesting problem;
  2. to discuss the logistics of using the Problems of the Week; and
  3. to envision ways to enhance problem solving and communication skills.

The Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) are designed to provide creative, non-routine challenges for students in grades three through twelve. Problem-solving and mathematical communication are key elements of every problem.

There are six different problems offered each week:


Middle School



Discrete Math

Trig & Calculus

A new problem is posted each Monday from September through May. Students are encouraged by our mentors to revise their submissions, correct any mathematical errors, and/or improve their explanation of the problem.

For teachers using the Problems of the Week in a classroom, we can provide information on the status of your students' submissions. Go to to view a sample account page. To get an account for your school, we ask that you complete an online registration for a Teacher Account [] and mail your request on school letterhead to the attention of Problems of the Week Staff at:

The Math Forum
101 S. Chester Rd., Suite 400
PO Box 156
Swarthmore PA 19081-0156

Teachers are also invited to join the Problem of the Week Discussion group at This list has been established to facilitate conversation around the Math Forum's Problems of the Week. We invite input from teachers who have used these problems in their classrooms, and from teachers who have questions concerning how they can implement the problems in their curricula.

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