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Jazz Age and the Swing Era
Students will gain knowledge about major new developments in cultural and social life during the 1920s and 1930s and will learn how these developments were influenced by political, economic, and international events. Students will understand how jazz developed and spread throughout the country through regional bands, migration, interaction between black and white musicians, and the application of new technology. Students will learn how the evolution of jazz was influenced by Prohibition, the Gre
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GoNU.TV Game Recap - Women's Basketball vs. George Mason - January 30, 2011
A late rally by the Patriots pushed George Mason past Northeastern, 61-55, on Sunday afternoon at Solomon Court. The Huskies conclude their three-game home stand with an 8-12 (3-6 CAA) mark while the Patriots evened their record to 10-10 (4-5 CAA).
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A Walk Through Time
This sit elooks at the evolution of time keeping, how humans have measured the passage of time throughout history. The site describes and shows depictions of ancient calendars, sun and water clocks, mechanical and quartz clocks, and world time scales and time zones.
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Now an annual event, National Engineers Week was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951. In 1988, the National Engineers Week consortium expanded and now includes more than 100 engineering, scientific, and education societies and major corporations dedicated to enhancing the public understanding of the engineering profession and to promoting pre-college interest in math, science, and engineering as a career option. From this website, visitors can read suggestions for w
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Marie Sklodowska Curie, physicist 1867 to 1934
This resource provides a brief biography of Marie Curie, born Maria Sklodowska on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. She would become famous for her research into radioactivity, and was the first woman to win a Nobel prize. She was awarded the 1911 Nobel prize for chemistry, for isolating radium and studying its chemical properties. In 1914 she helped found the Radium Institute in Paris, and was the Institute's first director. When the first world war broke out, Madame Curie thought X-rays woul
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Analytical Instruments and Spectroscopic Concepts
Primers for different analytical techniques (HTML, PDF). Also links to animations and audio descriptions of analytically related concepts. Techniques include atomic absorption, spectrophotometry, chemiluminescence, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and atomic emission.
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Can you draw a picture of the stars on an American flag?
This online activity offers students a chance to analyze possible patterns for the 50 stars on the US flag. Students determine the possible patterns using the clue that each row contains either one more or one less star than the row next to it. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The activity features a solution hint and a solution that suggests two ways to think about the problem and shows
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This online challenge activity introduces a gift-counting problem that requires students to organize information in a table and then to draw conclusions. The importance of organizing information for decision making is noted for census takers, librarians, and demographers. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The solution hint suggests how to organize a useful table. Related questions ask stud
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Morphing : can you turn a frown into a smile?
This online challenge activity offers students a look into the world of computer animation. It features a simplified explanation of how one image can be transformed into another image using digitization and explains the mathematics concept of the average. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. Related questions ask students to consider other situations that require the use of percentages to mea
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Bowl 'em over : does he have a chance?
The initial question for this online activity asks students to determine the probability of winning a bowling tournament, given scores for the first five games. Students determine what the score in a sixth game must be in order to win the tournament. They also calculate the probability of bowling that score. Two solutions to this problem are included. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. In r
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This online activity offers students a chance to compare soda prices from two stores using data displayed on a scatter plot graph. Students are shown how the line y = x can be used to analyze the data and draw a conclusion. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The activity contains a solution hint, two different ways to find the solution, questions related to analyzing similar data from other
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With this online activity, students explore the classic mathematics map-coloring question known as the four-color problem. Students must determine the minimum number of colors needed to color a map so that entities sharing a border have different colors. Initially, students investigate the minimum number of colors necessary to color a map of states west of the Mississippi River. The activity's Getting Started section suggests coloring the states in a specific order. The Solution page uses odd an
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This online activity offers students a chance to apply the concept of symmetry to a real archaeology question. The activity calls for a hands-on solution to the initial challenge of determining the size of a plate from only a fragment or shard. Related math questions offer the opportunity to think about lines of symmetry for a variety of shapes. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site, where real-world uses of mathematics are emphasized. The activi
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Profit or loss?
This online activity challenges students to think about money and profit as they consider buying and selling a Beanie Baby. The activity is one of 80 mathematical challenges featured on the Figure This! web site emphasizing real-world uses of mathematics. After determining the profit for two transactions involving a Beanie Baby, students are asked to determine the number of attendees necessary to make a profit for a dance and to find the profit from buying and selling stock. Information about th
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When in Rome : does Polygon need a jacket?
This activity asks students to decide if a tourist visiting Rome should wear a jacket if the temperature is 35 degrees Celsius. The activity is part of the FigureThis! collection of challenges that emphasize math in the real world. Students are encouraged to approach the problem by drawing a thermometer and labeling it with the freezing and boiling points of water in both the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. The solution presents a diagram and the formula for converting Celsius to Fahrenheit. The
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Wheel of fortune : who would you guess?
This online activity is based upon the television game show in which contestants try to guess a word or phrase. Students are given a partially completed word puzzle and asked to choose a vowel and three additional consonants. The activity is part of the Figure This! collection of 80 challenges that demonstrate real-world uses of mathematics. This challenge notes the importance of language structure and letter frequency in voice recognition software and cryptography. Students are encouraged to ap
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Do you have a radar bill in your pocket?
This activity introduces students to radar bills (currency that has serial numbers that read the same forward and backward) and challenges them to estimate how frequently radar bills occur. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 math challenges emphasizing math in the real world, explains how symmetry and repeating patterns are important to mathematicians, scientists, and artists. The Hint tells students that our currency has eight-digit serial numbers, and the solution provides
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At least two people in school have the same initials? : no way!
This activity challenges students to determine how many students would need to be in a school for two of them to have the same first and last initials. The activity is part of the Figure This! collection of challenges emphasizing real-world math. It introduces the pigeonhole principle and explains that it is used when people organize files and pack shipping crates. The Hint suggests that students approach the problem by finding out how many people would have to be present for at least two of the
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Do women live longer than men?
This activity opens with a graph that depicts the life expectancies of men and women born in the United States. Students are asked to estimate the greatest difference between genders in the years between 1920 and 1996. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 real-world math challenges, introduces trend analysis and explains its utility to market research, radio stations, and manufacturers. The Hint tells students how they should read the graph to determine the life expectancy for
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In this activity, students are given the mileage and gasoline tank capacity of three models of automobiles and asked to determine which car will go the farthest on a single tank of gas. The activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 real-world math challenges, explains that rates are important in the work of demographers, financiers, and economists. Using miles per gallon as an example of a rate, students are encouraged to begin the problem by calculating how far each car could go in th
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