Maria's Math News, Vol. 47, November 2010

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Greetings! This time we have again some interesting material, hopefully something for everyone.

1. Math Mammoth Integers book is here!
2. A math teacher's error
3. Geometry games -- for everyone!
4. More Math Mammoth news -- of all kinds
5. Tidbits

1. Math Mammoth Integers book is here!

Math Mammoth Integers worktext covers all important integer (signed numbers) topics for middle school (grades 5-8), with instructions written directly to the student. Thus, it requires very little teacher or parent involvement.

Check out these FREE sample lessons:

Adding Integers 1: Counters
Dividing Integers
And see the contents.

More information and purchase info is here.

2. A math teacher's error

It took Marie 10 minutes to saw a board into 2 pieces. If she works just as fast, how long will it take her to saw another board into 3 pieces?

The teacher marked this answer (20 minutes) wrong, and wrote down 15 minutes as the correct answer. Why is the teacher in error?

See an image and read others' comments

Six smiling kids!
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3. Geometry games -- for everyone!

I have updated the list of online geometry resources and games at It became quite a long list of links! The links are categorized by topics, such as

Shapes & polygons
Area & perimeter
Solids, volume, & surface area
Coordinate plane
Congruent transformations
Similar figures
Circle / Pi
Pythagorean Theorem
General geometry websites
Advanced topics

Go ahead and take a look! There is surely something for everyone!

4. More Math Mammoth news -- of all kinds

I have lots to share about Math Mammoth right now... so let's get started.
  • Australian Money is a new book in the Blue Series. The name tells what it is all about.

  • Did you know that Math Mammoth Light Blue Series (the complete curriculum) includes money lessons in five different currencies? Those are U.S., Canadian, British, Australian, and European monies. The downloads for grades 1, 2, and 3 automatically include the lessons in all these currencies.

  • Around Thanksgiving I will be running a sale of 20% off... stay tuned!

  • Update on Light Blue grade 6-B. I've finished writing the lessons. What remains is some answer key work, writing tests and cumulative reviews, and adding a few things to the worksheet maker. It is on schedule, and should be finished by the end of 2010.

5. Tidbits

  • The quickest path around the baseball bases
    Some of you (sports fans?) might find this interesting: mathematicians have calculated the quickest path around the baseball diamond, through the four bases. And it's not in the shape that you'd think.
  • Study shows females' math skills equal to males
    This news comes from the university of Wisconsin-Madison. The study author, Janet Hyde, says, "My message to parents is that they should have confidence in their daughter's math performance. They need to realize that women can do math just as well as men. These changes will encourage women to pursue occupations that require lots of math." I agree; parents AND teachers should never in any way imply that girls can't do the math just because they are girls. That's just not true! I also thought the mention of 48% of math majors being females was interesting. So, at least in pure math, genders seem to be quite equal. But I personally doubt that will happen in engineering because boys seem to be much more interested in that type of work.
  • Gallon man to the rescue
    Do you need a way to remember unit conversion effortlessly and forever? Or just a way to calculate how many cups there are in a gallon? Here's how to figure it out. Draw a gallon man! Very cute!
  • Lady Hurricane
    Have you been following tropical storm/hurricane Tomas in the Caribbean? I hope that no one experiences destruction by it! This is just a fun song about a woman being like a hurricane.
  • Piano stairs
    Even if you aren't a piano player, you'll surely enjoy this video. In fact it has nothing to do with playing a real piano. It's real stairs as a piano!

Till next time,
Maria Miller

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