EDUCATION: Math Motherlode

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Science  29 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5722, pp. 609
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5722.609d

Math teachers looking for a telling example or lucid graphics to jazz up their classes can check out this Web site from the Mathematical Association of America. The online library furnishes tools, animations, and other resources to help high schoolers and undergraduates hone their math skills. Exercises let users do everything from graphing 3D equations to investigating the scatter of German rocket strikes on London during World War II, a classic example of the pattern called the Poisson distribution. With open-source math applets called Osslets, students can sink their teeth into topics such as linear transformation. The site also houses a journal with articles on using history to teach math—for example, analyzing paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance artists can help students understand geometry.

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