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MAA Math Alert - December 2008

News and Views

The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions invites your college or university to offer the 2009 AMC high school level contest on February 25, 2009. The contest provides an ideal recruiting opportunity and creates a fun outreach activity with minimal effort. For more information, registration and instructions go to AMC at Higher Ed Sites or contact the AMC at

Joint Mathematics Meetings Comes to Washington, DC
We hope you are planning on joining the Mathematical Association of America at the Joint Mathematics Meetingsin Washington, DC January 5-8, 2009! Register Online
For up-to-date information on the Joint Meetings, as well as local information for Washington, DC, visit the JMM wiki,

Membership Renewals
Renew your 2009 MAA Membership before December 31, 2008 to be sure your membership benefits continue! Renew online today!

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Browse for Math among Life Magazine's Millions of Photos
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Three Math Projects Among Siemens Competition Finalists in 2008
Mathematics-based research projects, either individual or tandem, comprised one quarter of this year's dozen Siemens Competition finalists. Eric K. Larson, Ashok Cutkosky, Raphael-Joel Lim, and Mark Zhang earned recognition for their mathematical ventures. Read More

Devlin’s Angle - How Do We Learn Math?
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How Euler Did It - A Forgotten Fermat Problem
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LOCI Convergence - Apportioning Representatives in the United States Congress
In 2010 the United States Census Bureau will once again conduct the decennial census. But apart from the interesting bits of information we will discover, why does the Bureau undertake this daunting task every ten years? It’s because the United States Constitution requires it to calculate each states representation in congress.Read More

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Holiday Gift Ideas and Book Bargains from the MAA
Browse the MAA bookstore to find the perfect holiday gift for all of the math enthusiasts on your list. Read More

Publishing Date: 
December, 2008