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NCTM Eastern Regional Conference


The NCTM’s Eastern Regional Conference takes place in Baltimore October 14-16, 2004. Among the hundreds of presentations are many dealing with the history of mathematics and its use in teaching.  These include the following, numbered as in the Program Book.  If a handout is available electronically, you can click on the link.

October 14

16:   9:00-10:00 am   Lawrence Shirley, Towson State University, Towson, Maryland   Believing in Impossible Mathematics:   Historical Examples

We will travel through the history of mathematics to observe the surprises, paradoxes, confusions, abstractions, and insights that result when mathematicians believe in impossible things.  Information and activities for classroom enrichment will be included.  Click on this link  for more.

59:  11:30am-12:30pm  John Mahoney,, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington, DC  Benjamin Banneker's Mathematics -- in His Own Handwriting!

Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught African American mathematician who lived near Baltimore, kept a journal containing a number of mathematical puzzles and other examples of mathematics.   With the aid of computer enhancement, Banneker’s writing will be presented along with explanations of the ingenious mathematical techniques he used.  Click on this link  for more.

60:  11:30am-12:30pm  Hubert J. Ludwig,, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana   Pi:  From Measuring Fields to Fractals

This session will highlight ancient and modern points of view, historical comments, a variety of mathematical procedures that involve pi, pi in contemporary society, the search for the digits of pi, pi and fractals, and many mathematical connections, interspersed with humor.

70:  11:30am-12:30pm  Victor J. Katz,, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC   New Resources in Using the History of Mathematics in Teaching

Among the new resources now available to help classroom teachers use the history of mathematics in teaching are Historical Modules, a CD containing numerous lessons in all areas of secondary school mathematics, and Convergence, a new online magazine that will have regular historical articles and features.


October 15

153: 9:00-10:00am  Rebecca J. Kessler,, Miami Valley School, Dayton, Ohio  In Search of Mathematics through History

From wine barrows to war machines, from the first streaker to the twenty-first cnetury, discovery projects allow students to see conceptually the “growing pains” of mathematics.  Is mathematics the same now as it was when our parents went to school?  Click here  for a handout.

209: 11:30am-12:30pm  Kathy Clark,, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland  Teacher Knowledge and Motivation:   How Can the History of Mathematics Help?

A research plan for investigating the impact of a professional
development program on classroom instruction involving a unit on logarithms
will be presented. The session will highlight samples of activities from the
historical development of logarithms, as well as a description of the
professional development program and data collection and analysis

251:  2:00-3:00pm  David W. Stephens,, Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, Maryland   Arc Length and Surface Area:   Calculus Techniques Meet History

The motivation for these applications of the definitie integral are easier to understand and more entertaining to learn when combined with the historical background of Descartes’ distance formula, the Pythagorean theorem, Newton and calculus, the theorems of Pappus, and Mandelbrot’s ideas about fractals springing from the measurement of the coastline of England during World War II.

October 16


306:  10:15-11:15am  Frank J. Swetz,, Penn State University, Middletown, Pennsylvania   What You Always Wanted to Know about the History of Mathematics

This talk will focus on some issues of concern that teachers have in using the history of mathematics in their classroom.   The presenter will discuss such issues as procedures, strategies, available resources, facets of history particularly suited to the classroom, history and diversity, and the limitations of using history. 


329:  10:30am-12:00n  Jim Fulmer,, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas and Suzanne Mitchell, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas    Historical Topics in Mathematics:  Famous Triangles, Rectangles, Circles, Lines

A look and discussion of some historical geometric figures such as the golden triangle, perfect triangle, Heron triangle, Napoleon triangle, golden rectangle, Feurbach circle, Napoleon circle, Euler line, Simpson line, DelGrande line, and Fermat point.  Some figures will be introuced through a construction approach using ruler, compass, and Mira.


Check the NCTM program for locations of talks.


"NCTM Eastern Regional Conference," Loci (October 2004)