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Edward Cherlin and all,

I'm writing a proposal for the NordPlus grants. Norway gives out about 8

million euros every year for education projects that link up partners in

the Scandinavian and Baltic countries.

http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?NordPlus

The maximum grant is 75,000 EUR. It seems that about 50% of the proposals

received are funded. In particular, they do fund adult education learning

materials, as I wish to create in mathematics.

The theme this year is climate change.

I wish to create mathematics learning materials for adults, especially for

learning algebra. I need to help find partners in the Baltic and

Scandinavian countries.

I want to create self-standing lessons ("Classic Math Problems") that

combine a deep idea with a practical problem that illustrates it. For

example: Suppose a meal costs 9 euros in Arnold's restaurant and it costs

one-third more in Barbara's restaurant, but you have a coupon for

Barbara's restaurant so that the price is one-third off. Where is it

cheaper? Many people think that one-third more and one-third less cancel

each other, but actually, one-third more of 9 is 12 and one-third off of

12 is 8. The deep idea here is that algebra is the study of thinking

step-by-step and this problem is a very simple illustration of that. And

there can be many related variants.

I would like to write self-standing lessons about 30 such different

problems and I think that would cover almost all of algebra. They would

yield a little book of 150 pages or so which would let parents master

algebra well enough to teach their children. My work would be in the

Public Domain and could be used in all kinds of websites, too. See:

http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?ClassicMathProblems

and there also I a set of notes which I wrote with which I taught algebra,

most recently in Bosnia.

http://www.worknets.org/upload/AndriusKulikauskas/precalculus.pdf

I am looking especially for partners who would like to try these materials

out, who would like to translate them into their own languages, and who

would like to help look for such practical problems. This is paid work.

The theme is climate change so I'm thinking of phrasing it as "math

lessons for appreciating global realities".

Who might be most excited about such a practical approach to learning and

applying math? I recall Jeff Buderer's interested in learning math for

sustainability. I ask for help to find more such partners, but especially

for this proposal, in Scandinavian and Baltic countries.

I'm working on this at Edward's group

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/earthtreasury/ a working group of Minciu

Sodas laboratory. Edward is leading an initiative to create open source

textbooks, especially for the One Laptop Per Child. I invite us to join

and work there!

Andrius

Andrius Kulikauskas

Minciu Sodas

http://www.ms.lt

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