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  • chrispinus ouma
    hallo Adrius Kulikauskas Mathematics is for the intellectual giants’,  looking from a different angle, one can find that leading a life without mathematics
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 10, 2010
      hallo Adrius Kulikauskas
      Mathematics is for the intellectual giants’,  looking from a different angle, one can find that leading a life without mathematics is impossible,  common man is never attracted towards it.. But if he understands things closely, the picture changes. Perhaps many may start loving it. That is one reason why mathematics is called the servant of all sciences.(It is also known as the Queen of all sciences.Wish you all the best
      Chrispinus Ouma Pamba
       Italy- kenyas in Salento

      From: Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...>
      To: learningfromeachother <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>; learnhowtolearn@yahoogroups.com; mendenyo@yahoogroups.com; livingbytruth@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, February 10, 2010 2:55:13 PM
      Subject: [learningfromeachother] More comments for My Math Story!


      Thank you to Ananya Guha (India), Masimba Biriwasha (France), Wendi
      Loshe Bernadette (Cameroon), Benoit Couture (Canada), Ken Owino
      (Denmark), Samwel Kongere (Kenya), Pamela McLean (UK), Algis Cibulskis
      (Lithuania), Peter Ongele (Kenya), Sasha Mrkailo (Serbia), Fred Kayiwa
      (Uganda), Tom Ochuka (Kenya), Malcom Duerod (Bosnia) for your comments
      on my proposal, My Math Story!

      I ask others to comment as well so that we have a good chance of
      winning. Thomas Chepaitis, Josephat Ndibalema, William Wambura, Dennis
      Kimambo, Ben de Vries, Jeremy Mason, Kiyavilo Msekwa and all who have
      worked or would like to work for Minciu Sodas, please be sure to
      comment! This may mean $50,000 of work for me and $75,000 of work for
      our team.

      Edward Cherlin, John Harland, Julie Harland, Tom Wayburn, Ricardo and
      all who care about math and science education, please do comment! I
      look forward to working with you more closely if my proposal makes it to
      the second round.

      You can simply reply to this letter with a thought or two and I can post
      your comment myself. Or you can register at
      http://dmlcompetiti on.net/pligg/ story.php? title=679

      They have also extended the deadline for new proposals to February 15, 2010.

      Thank you for your solidarity!

      Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms..lt, ms@...

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      http://dmlcompetiti on.net/pligg/ story.php? title=679

      My Math Story
      Andrius Kulikauskas, Ph.D.

      We collect mathematical quantities (amounts and units) and classic math
      problems (and the deep ideas they illustrate). We thereby foster
      mathematical intuition that arises from working with real life problems
      as opposed to contrived ones. We link up to help real activists around
      the world.

      Mathematics is traditionally taught through repetition of contrived
      problems which lack any meaningful context and thus destroy mathematical
      intuition. Instead, we create formats to encourage the collection of
      real life applications. We collect many ourselves, starting with
      quantities that arise in the real world (including news stories,
      almanacs, technical specifications) and organize them by amount
      (increasing) and unit (such as meters, seconds, dollars, grams, liters,
      bits, decibels, watts, meters per second, etc.) We create navigation
      tools so students can grasp orders of magnitude using their own favorite
      examples. We also collect illustrative problems, for example: suppose a
      meal at your cafeteria costs X=$9, and at the restaurant it costs
      one-third more, but you have a coupon for "one-third off" at the
      restaurant, where is it cheaper? (At the restaurant it will be $12 minus
      one-third which is $8, which shows that the meaning of "one-third"
      changes, and so this classic problem illustrates the deep idea that
      algebra is thinking step-by-step. ) We show that several dozen thoughtful
      problems can teach all of algebra. We create interfaces for students to
      generate variants of such problems and post along with comments. We link
      the problems to Wolfram Alpha, and also to real life stories of
      "witnesses" from news, educational, activist and social networking
      sites. We especially encourage real life connections with
      witnesses-activists from the developing world, including hundreds that
      we organize to help us collect real math applications and to staff a
      chat room for interactive learning. Our content will be Public Domain.
      We create formats so this activity can be done at wikis (including
      Wikipedia), YouTube, Flickr, and shared via RSS. We help a variety of
      websites host specialized collections and aggregate feeds so that our
      formats take root across the web.

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