
What's New on the Mathematics Archives  May 1996 
On this page you will find a chronicle of additions and changes of
the items contained on the Mathematics Archives which were made during the
month of May, 1996.
May 31, 1996
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' page on
POPMathematics:
 Geometry in
Action
 This page collects various areas in which ideas from discrete and
computational geometry (meaning mainly lowdimensional Euclidean geometry) meet
some real world applications. It contains brief descriptions of those
applications and the geometric questions arising from them, as well as pointers
to web pages on the applications themselves and on their geometric connections.
This is largely organized by application but some major general techniques are
also listed as topics.
 The Geometry
Junkyard
 These pages contains a collection of usenet clippings, web pointers,
lecture notes, research excerpts, open problems, geometry papers online in
nongeometric locations, and other stuff related to discrete and computational
geometry. The main criteria for adding something here are that it be geometrical
(obviously) and that it not fit into the author's other geometry page, Geometry
in Action, which is more devoted to applications and less to pure math.
May 30, 1996
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Other Software
Sites:
 MacWavelets
 MacWavelets v2.00 is a small, simple, Macintosh program for performing
wavelet analysis of 1d and 2d datasets. MacWavelets allows you to
plot and edit data, perform discrete wavelet transforms and their
inverses, compress and expand data, remove noise, and manipulate data
with simple math.
Data can be created within the program, or imported and exported in
text and binary formats from files and the clipboard. MacWavelets
makes extensive use of the standard Macintosh user interface, so that
no programming or scripting is required.
 Numerical
Methods
 Collection of Matlab, C, FORTRAN and Pascal programs to accompany the
book: Numerical Methods for Mathematics, Science & Engineering, 2nd Ed
by John H. Mathews published by Prentice Hall. A collection of
Mathematica notebooks is available from MathSource.
May 27, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Other Software
Sites:
 mschnei@
 Publisher of several programs: Ramp Champ  mathematical game in which
the player attempts to achieve a certain number by using certain operations
and numbers; Solids Workshop  construction of geometrical solids; GraphEase+
 equation grapher; MathFactics!  drill in addition, multiplication, etc.;
GeoClip! is a desk accessory which contains dozens of geometric objects in 3
sizes for insertion into word processing and graphics documents.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page on
Numbers.
 Useless Facts about
Pi
May 21, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Other Software
Sites:
 Critical
Thinking Press and Software
 Publisher of software for grades 212. This page is a listing of their
mathematics software including In the Neighborhood Software, Target Math
Software, Five in a Row Software, and Math Mind Benders.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Meetings.
This is
a collection of sites which contain information about meetings of professional
organizations, conferences, lectures, etc. of interest to mathematicians.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Mathematics Institutes,
Centers and Laboratories:
 International Institute for
General Systems Studies
 The International Institute for General Systems Studies (IIGSS) was founded
to promote the study of general systems in a formalized language and to
discover applications of such theory in various scientific areas.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page on
POPMathematics:
 History
of Mathematics at USMA
 MendelWeb
 MendelWeb is an educational resource for teachers and students interested
in the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary
plant science, and the history and literature of science.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' pages on
Lessons, Tutorials and
Lecture Notes:
 United States Naval Academy, Course Materials
May 20, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page on
POPMathematics:
 The Math in
the Movies Page
 A Guide to Major Motion Pictures with Scenes of Real Mathematics.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Other Software
Sites:
 CAMI
 Cami is Professional Mathematics software for professional maths teachers
for Diagnosis, Practice and Remediation of Mathematics Instruction. Cami
Mathematics Software has been developed over a 12 year period and is currently
installed on the networks of leading educational institutions.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Other Sites of Interest
to Mathematicians:
 Statistics
and Statistical Graphics Resources
 This page provides a topicbased collection of available WWW resources for
statistics, statistical graphics, and computation related to research, data
analysis and teaching, now containing over 280 links.
May 19, 1996
The Math Archives was chosen as the Current Hot Spot by the Math forum for May 1996. Check
out their list
of previous Hot spots.
The following listing from the Mathematics Archives' page on
Electronic Newsgroups and
Listservs was revised to include the announcement of the formation
of the archives at the Math Forum.
 Histmath Listserver
 This is a moderated mailing group for individuals with a serious
interest in the history of mathematics. The Math Forum contains the
Archives of the
mathhistorylistserver.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Fractals:
 Complexity
Online
 Complexity Online is a scientific information network about complex
systems which concerns the nature and consequences of interactions and
nonlinearities in systems of many objects. It includes topics such as
artificial life, cellular automata, chaos, criticality, evolutionary
computation, fractals, parallel computation, selforganization.
This site contains a number of items related to fractals including hypermedia
tutorials on
Fractals and
scale and
Lsystems.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page on
Numbers.
 The 3x+1
Problem and its Generalizations
 A WWW version of Jeff Lagarias' paper which originally appeared in the
American Mathematical Monthly (Volume 92, 1985, 3  23). Includes a number
of Maple codes to illustrate the concepts.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Other Software
Sites:
 Random Number Generators and Monte Carlo Methods
 This page at the University of Salzburg gives information about random
number generators and Monte Carlo Methods;
various software
packages for random number generation and Monte Carlo methods are listed.
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives'
Undergraduates' Page:
 Applied Math
Resources
 This is a search of a database of schools with Applied Mathematics Programs
at the graduate level. Each school supplied their areas of concentration for
inclusion in the database.
 The
Egyptian Fraction: The Unit Fraction Equation
 Results from the Wayne State University Student Research Program.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Professional Societies:
 The British Society
for the History of Mathematics
 The aims of the British Society for the History of Mathematics are to
promote research into the history of mathematics and its use at all levels of
mathematics education. It does this through meetings, a newsletter and by other
means. The BSHM takes in all periods and civilisations, and all areas of
mathematics, both pure and applied.
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' page
POPMathematics:
 Combinatorial Game
Theory
 History
of Mathematics
 Available on this site are biographies of seventeenth and eighteenth
century mathematicians, based on material from A short account of the
history of mathematics (4th edition, 1908) by W. W. Rouse Ball, material
relating to George Berkeley (16851753), including The Analyst and
Stock's Life of Berkeley, material relating to Sir William Rowan
Hamilton, including Letters describing the discovery of quaternions and an
Eloge by Charles Graves and The Calculus of Logic by George Boole.
 Mathematics
Essays from the Web
 This is intended to be a collection of (straighttext) articles about
aspects of mathematics at or above the collegiate level, but (usually) not at
the level of current research. Once an archive of the author's essays, this
collection now includes many nice articles from the Web which are written by
others. Topics range from topology to combinatorics to number theory to
geometry to ... .
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics:
 British Columbia's Integrated Resource Packages for Mathematics
 Description of British Columbia's plans and guidelines for implementing
high standards in the teaching of mathemtics while ensuring "equity and
access for all learners". The packages are available for
K7,
810, and
1112.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Mathematics Institutes,
Centers and Laboratories:
 The Euromath Center
 EmC is a small center under University of Copenhagen dedicated to the
utilization and development of technological infrastructure in the research
sector. EmC was founded in 1990 by the Danish State, the University of
Copenhagen and the Danish Mathematical Society, but are also being supported
directly by the danish mathematical institutes and private funds.
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' pages on
Lessons, Tutorials and
Lecture Notes:
 University of Delaware, Course Materials
 University of
Florida, Course Homepages
May 16, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' pages
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics and
Sites Dedicated to
Teaching of Mathematics:
 Centre
for Teaching Mathematics
 The Centre for Teaching Mathematics is a research and resource development
Centre of The University of Plymouth, England. Its broad aims are to
promote the teaching and learning of mathematics in a way that will
motivate students and make the subject interesting. These activities are
reflected in the main activities of the Centre: the development of new
teaching resources and strategies, research into the teaching and learning
of mathematics, the implications of technology in the teaching and learning
of mathematics, curriculum development, provision of courses for teachers
and students.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' information
on Derive
and Sites Dedicated to
Teaching of Mathematics:
 The
International DERIVE Journal
 The Journal is pleased to publish contributions on any aspect of the use of
symbolic algebra systems, and in particular DERIVE, in education and training
likely to be of interest to readers. The main criterion of acceptance is that
the material should make a contribution to knowledge in this field. There are
three types of contribution considered for publication in the International
DERIVE Journal. These are research papers, didactic issues, opinions and DERIVE
Activities for class use.
May 15, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics:
 Educational
Standards and Curriculum Frameworks for Math
 Developing Educational Standards is an annotated list of Internet sites
with K12 educational standards and curriculum frameworks documents, maintained
by Charles Hill and the Putnam Valley Schools in New York.
May 14, 1996
The following link has been added to the Mathematics Archives' page of
JAVA and
Other Interactive WWW Pages:
 Object Server
 With this page, you can have generated various combinatorial objects:
Permutations, Subsets or Combinations, Permutations or Combinations of a
Multiset, Set Partitions, Numerical Partitions and relatives, Trees,
Necklaces, Lyndon words, DeBruijn Sequences, Ideals or Linear Extensions of a
Poset, Spanning Trees and other Subgraphs of a Graph, Unlabelled Graphs,
Puzzles and Miscellanea.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' pages on
Lessons, Tutorials and
Lecture Notes:
 Practicum in
Numerical Analysis (for Maple V)
 "Practicum in Numerical Analysis (PNA)" is a set of laboratory tasks
designed to be a supplement to the course of numerical analysis. The exercises
illustrate the basic numerical methods, show their advantages and limitations
and help to understand the behavior of numerical solutions.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Mathematics Institutes,
Centers and Laboratories:
 The QED Project
 The aim of the QED project is to build a single, distributed, computerized
repository that rigorously represents all important, established mathematical
knowledge.
We have added the following link to our WWW page on
Other Software
Sites:
 NLD Toolbox
 Collection of software tools to investigate nonlinear dynamical systems.
May 13, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Mathematics Departments
WWW, Gopher and Anonymous FTP Servers:
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics:
 Connected Geometry
 Connected Geometry is curriculum development project, funded by the National
Science Foundation, designed to help teachers and students engage in meaningful
mathematical activity by offering students a chance to understand and appreciate
the connections and unifying themes within mathematics, and to build on the
connections between students' backgrounds and mathematics.
Available on this site are Geometer's Sketchpad sketches.
 SCIENCE &
MATHEMATICS NETWORK of Central Ohio
 The Science & Mathematics Network of Central Ohio is a communitywide
coalition of: school districts, businesses, government agencies and
organizations. This coalition is dedicated to improving elementary school
science and mathematics. The Network maintains two primary program areas to
address this challenge: 1) reformbased partnering and 2) professional
development.
The following links was added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Sites Dedicated to the
Teaching of Collegiate Mathematics.
 ATLAST
Project Forum
 ATLAST is a National Science Foundation project to encourage and facilitate
the use of software in teaching linear algebra. The project sponsored sixteen
faculty workshop during the five summers from 1992 to 1996. Workshop
participants were trained in the use of the MATLAB software package and how to
use software as part of classroom lectures. Participants worked in groups to
design computer exercises for linear algebra. These exercises were class tested
during the school year following the workshop and then submitted for inclusion
in a database.
We have added the following link to our WWW page on
Other Software
Sites:
 Atlast
Library
 Library of ATLAST Mfiles (Matlab) to accompany the book ATLAST Computer
Exercises for Linear Algebra which were written by participants in
the Atlast workshops.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Mathematics Institutes,
Centers and Laboratories:
 Center For Rationality and
Interactive Decision Theory
 The Center for Rationality and Interactive Decision Theory was established
as an interdisciplinary research center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
in 1991. Is it engaged in research into the various aspects of rationality in
decisionmaking: making decisions in a manner calculated to yield maximal
benefit. Of particular interest is interactive decision theory ("game theory"),
which analyzes what happens when rational people with different goals interact,
each making his own decisions on the basis of what is
best for him  while taking into account that the others are doing the same.
 ERCIM  the European Research
Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics
 ERCIM  the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics 
aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to
increase cooperation with European industry. Leading research establishments
from fourteen European countries are members of ERCIM.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Other Sites of Interest
to Mathematicians:
 Center for
Industrial Statistics
 The Center for Industrial Statistics (CIS) laboratory seeks to dramatically
enhance the statistical aspect of the work force's technical ability through
the participation of students in industrial projects. This initiative is a
response to the increased demand for graduates who can remain competitive in a
world of instant communication and technological advancement. The CIS is an
office operating from RoseHulman Institute of Technology producing projects
from a variety of sources.
May 11, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Images and Mathematics:
 Wolfram
Research  Gallery
 Examples of mathematical, scientific and technical images created using
Mathematica. These images are grouped into three categories:
Scientific Visualization Gallery, Artforms Gallery, and Animations Gallery.
The Images and Mathematics page is accessible from the Mathematics
Archives' POPMathematics
Page.
May 10, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' pages on
Lessons, Tutorials and
Lecture Notes and
Numbers:
 Prime
Numbers
 These pages were written by Kevin Coombes as an experiment to aid students
to better understand proofs of theorems. From an email message: It seems to me
that one of the main difficulties that students of
(higher) matematics encounter stems from the insistence on getting
all the logical prerequiesites set up before trying to explain
anything interesting. (Of course, this style of presentation goes
back at least as far as Euclid.) Hypertext should make it possible to
explain the ideas behind a proof before writing down the proof formally,
and it should also allow you to link to the lemmas so that they can be
read only as needed when trying to understand more details in a proof.
May 9, 1996
The following software packages in the Mathematics Archives'
MSDOS
Software Collection have been upgraded:
We have added the following links to our WWW page on
Other Software
Sites:
 Fermat
 FERMAT is a program for Macs (with FPU's) by Robert H. Lewis of Fordham
University that does symbolic calculations, graphics, and numerical
calculations. It excels at matrix and polynomial computations over the
rationals, the integers, and finite fields. It also does really cool graphics,
but the main thrust is things like Smith Normal Form and GCD of multivariate
polynomials. One can form quotient rings of polynomial rings and do
computations there.
 Peanut Software for
Windows
 A collection of software packages developed by Rick Parris, at Phillips
Exeter Academy which can be used in the teaching of mathematics. Included
are Windows programs for graphing, geometry, discrete mathematics, fractals,
matrix algebra, statistics, etc.
May 8, 1996
We have added the following link to our WWW page on
Numbers:
 A Question of Numbers
 An article by Brian Hayes in the JanuaryFebruary 1996 issue of the
American Scientist.
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics:
 Cuisenaire Learning Place
 The Cuisenaire Learning Place is an interactive meeting place for
teachers, parents and children to explore "mindson" activities designed
for K9 math and science (teaching notes included.) A rich resource, the
site features an online catalog, information about educational trends, a
moderated forum for sharing information about handson learning for
math and science, a "great links" page, and much more.
 PI Mathematics
 PI Mathematics, a collaborative project, using the concept of PI as the
focus, is a home page on the WWW. This multidisciplinary project which includes
math, history, English and thinking skills is designed for fifth through
eighth graders. It will allow students to discover the approximate value of PI,
an irrational number, using measurement and reporting the data, applying
formulas, problem solving and participating in a collaborative project
utilizing Internet resources. Students will also explore the history of PI,
using Internet references.
 MMAP  Middleschool Mathematics through Applications Project
 The Middleschool Mathematics through Applications Project (MMAP) began in
early 1992 with a 3 year grant from the National Science Foundation. Our goals
are to research and develop a set of mathematics materials for middle school
students and teachers to use in learning and teaching mathematics.
 Spacelink  Lesson Plans from NASA
 Various lessons plans about space and mathematics from NASA. Most lesson
plans are in pdf format.
 Weather Here and There
 WEATHER HERE AND THERE is an integrated weather unit which incorporates
interaction with the Internet and handson collaborative, problem solving
activites for students in grades four through six. This unit is divided into
six lessons. The lessons integrate math, science, geography, and language arts
in the process of teaching and learning about weather phenomena.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Professional Societies:
 International Association for
Mathematical Geology (IAMG)
 The aim of the IAMG is to promote international cooperation in the
application and use of mathematics in geological research and technology.
We have added the following link to our collection of
Other Sites of Interest
to Mathematicians:
 American
Scientist  Computers and Mathematics Articles
 ANON  A Home Page For
Those With Interests In: Geosciences, Mathematics and Computing
 This node is designed to provide Internet resources that can help meet the
research and academic needs of the readers of the Journal of Computers and
Geosciences, many of whom are members of the International Association of
Mathematical Geologists (IAMG).
We have added the following link to our WWW page on
Other Software
Sites:
 Mathematical
Geology Software Resources
 A collection of links to sites containing software of interest to
Mathematical Geologists.
May 7, 1996
We have added an announcement about the following workshop to
the Mathematics Archives' page
Conferences
and Workshops for Faculty:
Symposium on Implementing Reform
in
Mathematics, Engineering, and the Sciences,
June 7 and 8, 1996
in
Scottsdale, Arizona
May 6, 1996
We have add the following link to our list of
Electronic Newsgroups
and Listservs:
 Mersenne Prime
Mailing List
 The Mersenne Prime Mailing List was created to facilitate communication
between those interested in all aspects of Mersenne Primes. One ongoing topic
is the search for the next Mersenne Prime.
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Mathematics Departments
WWW, Gopher and Anonymous FTP Servers:
 Mathman
 Publisher of books and videotapes; Don's Materials.
May 5, 1996
We have added the following link to our collection of
Mathematics Institutes,
Centers and Laboratories:
 Center for Nonlinear
Phenomena and Complex Systems
 The Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems comprises scientists
holding positions with the University of Brussels and the Belgian Fund for
Scientific Research, postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. The Center's main
expertise is in the areas of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics,
stochastic processes, dynamical systems, chaos theory and simulation
techniques. These tools are applied to the study of complex systems from fluid
mechanics and chemistry to biology and materials science.
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Mathematics Departments
WWW, Gopher and Anonymous FTP Servers:
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics:
 Mathematical Education
on Merseyside
 Mathematical Education on Merseyside is a Registered Charity dedicated to
the enjoyment of mathematics. The aim is to being together in common projects
everyone concerned with the lively development of mathematics in secondary
schools of every type in and around Merseyside.
 Mathematics and Science
Teaching (MAST) Center
 The MAST Center at the University of Northern Colorado is committed to
equitable and systemic reform in the teaching and learning of science,
mathematics, and technology in elementary, middle, and secondary
schools, colleges, and univerisity. MAST Center's Activites include the
CONNECT project, MAST Hotline, RMTEC, and the Colorado's U S WEST Teacher
Network. The MAST Center has over 20 activities that are focused on
preservice and inservice instruction for mathematics and science teachers.
May 4, 1996
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Mathematics Departments
WWW, Gopher and Anonymous FTP Servers:
May 3, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics:
 Balanced
Assessment in Mathematics Project
 Balanced Assessment in Mathematics is a National Science Foundation project
charged with developing new approaches to the assessment of mathematical
competence in the elementary and secondary grades. This project has created a
type of mathematics assessment that contrasts sharply with traditional forms of
testing, which rely primarily on multiplechoice questions. Balanced Assessment
focuses on rich, mathematically complex work that requires students to create a
plan, make a decision, or solve a problem  and then justify their thinking.
We have added the following link to our WWW page on
Other Software
Sites:
 The Forth Scientific Library
 Collection of many Forth programs for mathematics.
May 2, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page
Sites with K12 Teaching
Materials in Mathematics:
 MathLand
 Mathland is an innovative K6 mathematics program from Creative
Publications.
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Mathematics Departments
WWW, Gopher and Anonymous FTP Servers:
May 1, 1996
The following link was added to the Mathematics Archives' page on
POPMathematics:
 History of Mathematics
 This site is maintained by the students at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby,
British Columbia, Canada.
The following links were added to the Mathematics Archives' list of
Mathematics Departments
WWW, Gopher and Anonymous FTP Servers:
We have added the following link to the WWW page on
Lessons, Tutorials and
Lecture Notes:
 North Georgia College
 Course Materials
 These are course materials provided by Paul Patten for Introductory
Statistics, Precalculus, College Algebra and Linear Algebra.
Chronicles for the previous month: