# Math Resources

## Web Links

**Links to math problems**

**Problems with a Point** at http://www2.edc.org/MathProblems/
is a searchable database of several hundred problem sets designed to
help secondary students build their mathematical content by making connections
with already learned ideas. The problem sets also develop the mathematical
habits of mind necessary to problem solving and research.

**Math Forum @ Drexel University** at http://mathforum.org/
has extensive resources for mathematics teachers related to both curriculum
and pedagogy. The Math Forum's mission is to provide resources, materials,
activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products
and services that enrich and support teaching and learning in an increasingly
technological world.

**20,000 Problems Under the Sea** at http://problems.math.umr.edu/index.htm
contains exactly 20,000 problems from 38 journals and 21 contests, all
published before 1990. These problems are highly inventive, extremely
difficult math problems. The site is housed at the University of Missouri
- Rolla in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Note that solutions
are not included unless they've been entered as online comments. However,
references to published solutions usually are included, so if you can
get to a good library, you can probably get to a solution.

**The Thinking Behind the Math @ Franklin Institute Online**
at http://sln.fi.edu/math/index.html
has an extensive collection of open-ended problems, seasonal problems
and mathematical puzzles.

**Figure This** at http://www.figurethis.org/index.html
is designed to provide an exciting and family-friendly way to become
more involved in learning math. Mathematical challenges for families
provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can
do at home with their families.

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**Links to research on learning math**

The **National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement
in Mathematics and Science (NCISLA) **at http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/ncisla/teachers/index.html
collaborates with schools and teachers to create and study instructional
approaches that support and improve student understanding of mathematics
and science. The instructional resources listed on this site are informed
by their research on how students learn with understanding.

The **Research in Math Education** section of **Math
Forum** at http://mathforum.org/mathed/mathed.research.html
provides pages of links to resources for Pedagogical Research and Psychological
Research.

**Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI)** at http://2000survey.horizon-research.com
has just released a new series of reports based on the 2000 National
Survey of Science and Mathematics Education. The series includes three
reports; Elementary Mathematics Teaching, Middle School Mathematics
Teaching, and High School Mathematics Teaching. Areas addressed in each
report include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs, needs for and participation
in professional development, course offerings, instructional objectives
and activities, and instructional resources.

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**Other interesting math links**

**Math Lessons for Math Teachers** by Henri Picciotto
at http://www.picciotto.org/math-ed/teachers/index.html
links to or references lessons which he has used to help middle school
and high school teachers develop more depth of understanding of pre-college
math. Most of the lessons are based on ideas that are accessible to
students, though not at the same depth.

**Cut the Knot** at http://www.cut-the-knot.com
has information and activities on countless mathematics topics from
arithmetic to algebra. A purpose of this site is to serve as a resource
for things, simple but curious, related to Mathematics. There is an
element of discovery involved at every turn.

**Making Mathematics** at http://www2.edc.org/makingmath/
matched students and teachers in grades seven through twelve with professional
mathematicians who mentored their work on open-ended mathematics research
projects from 1999 - 2002. Although the project has ended, you can look
through the mathematics projects, teacher handbook and mentor handbook
for information on pursuing mathematics research projects with middle
and high school students.

**The NCTM Illuminations** site at http://illuminations.nctm.org/index2.html
is designed to provide Internet resources that will "illuminate"
the NCTM Standards (1989-2000) and bring alive the ideas and recommendations
set forth in the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
(Standards 2000). In particular, you can find math-lets which are math
applets you can use to explore math and create interactive lessons.

**MegaMath** at http://www.cs.uidaho.edu/~casey931/seminar/
was founded out of a concern that much of what kids are asked to do
in school is repetitive, tedious, meaningless, and boring. This seems
to be especially true when it comes to math. So the basic idea behind
MegaMath has been to find ways to make challenging, interesting topics
in math and computer science (algorithms, infinity, logic...) accessible
to kids.

**Plus** at http://plus.maths.org/about.html
is an internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty
and the practical applications of mathematics. Plus provides feature
articles, which describe applications of math to real-world problems,
games, and puzzles; reviews of popular math books and events; a news
section, showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying
piece of math that never made it to the newspapers; a puzzle for you
to sharpen your wits against; a lucky dip of mathematical curiosities;
and opinions on various math-related topics and news stories. And all
past issues remain available online.

The **Digital Dozen **at http://www.enc.org/weblinks/dd/
offers a dozen exemplary math and science web sites for educators, hand-picked
each month. You can use the archive or search a subset of the collection
to browse hundreds of carefully chosen sites.

**MathPARTNERS** at http://www2.edc.org/mathpartners/
is a project that is developing a mentoring curriculum to accompany
the America Counts Mathematics initiative. MathPARTNERS supports tutors
of students from kindergarten through ninth grade in two primary ways;
by helping them to determine and respond to mathematics learning difficulties
students are having; and by helping them to enrich students’ mathematics
understanding. Furthermore, Math Partners provides a set of training
materials to support those who recruit and train tutors for students
in the kindergarten through grade 9 range.

**The Mathematical Atlas** at http://www.math-atlas.org/
is a collection of short articles designed to provide an introduction
to the areas of modern mathematics and pointers to further information,
as well as answers to some common (or not!) questions.

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