Convergence: Where Mathematics, History, and Teaching Interact, is the MAA's new online magazine about the history of mathematics and its use in teaching. Part of MathDL, the mathematics digital library, Convergence is aimed at teachers of mathematics, be they secondary teachers, two- or four-year college teachers, or college teachers preparing secondary teachers. (We describe the range of topics as “grade 9-14 mathematics”: algebra, synthetic and analytic geometry, trigonometry, probability and statistics, elementary functions, calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.) The editors, Victor J. Katz, from the University of the District of Columbia, and Frank Swetz, from Penn State University, Harrisburg, welcome all members to log in to the Convergence website at http://convergence.mathdl.org and see what the magazine has to offer.
Among the types of material appearing in the magazine are the following:
Currently, we have a limited supply of articles in our pipeline. Because our goal is to bring out new material on a regular basis, we need a continual flow of articles and classroom suggestions. We therefore welcome your ideas for articles as well as your completed manuscripts. In particular, we welcome short classroom suggestions that can immediately be implemented by teachers.
Materials should be sent both in hardcopy and electronically. Hardcopy should be sent to Victor Katz, Convergence, Mathematical Association of America, 1529 18th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Electronic files should be sent to Victor Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can take articles in Word or TeX, but please include illustrations (in jpg format), applets, etc. as separate files, and give explicit instructions for both internal and external hyperlinks. If there are many illustrations or applets, it is best to send the electronic version on a CD to the MAA address.
If you have an idea for an article, but do not know how to produce applets for it, we suggest that you contact an expert on your own campus for help. If necessary, however, we can provide help in the editorial office, provided you give us very explicit instructions as to what you need.
If you are interested in writing reviews for Convergence, send your name and some indication of the kinds of material in which you are interested to Frank Swetz at email@example.com. We also welcome interesting quotations as well as information on mathematical dates to add to our database.