You know that number that appears in the upper left corner of the mailing address for FOCUS? The one that you need to pay your dues online or order from the MAA Bookstore. (It has the form 000XXXXX, where each X can be any digit.) Now it is more useful than ever. It will give you access to the two new components of the MAAís Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL): MAA Reviews and Classroom Capsules and Notes. These components are available to MAA members as a privilege of membership. Below is a copy of the sign-in page for these two components.
Classroom Capsules and Notes, edited by Wayne Roberts, provides online access to the short classroom materials that have appeared in the Associationís print journals over the years. All of us see from time to time a short article suggesting something we think we could use in the classroom: a little proof that gives unusual insight; a quick application, or connection to another area of mathematics, a question that could be used to challenge the good student. The trick is to find those items when we could actually use them. Or perhaps we have come to a point in a course where we donít recall having seen something new, but we sure wish we had. Materials in Classroom Capsules and Notes, are classified by courses, by subject, by keywords, by author, and by source, and are intended to help you quickly find that perfect enhancement to your classroom presentation.
These two new components join the four existing components of MathDL: The Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (JOMA), Digital Classroom Resources (DCR), Convergence, and OSSLETS. Currently, all four of these components are freely available. However, Convergence does require registration.