Where are we on the Math Glossary?

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Where are we on the Math Glossary? It looks like April was the last time anything has been done.

Sorry about not working on the Mathematics Glossary but some medical and home issues have kept me very busy. Now that number one (and only) child is settled in his first year college term, I have some “free” time. A check of the statistics on the pages shows that “A” with a 1,021 hits was the highest, and the remaining pages around the average of 470 hits. I was hoping to see if certain terms (or groups of terms) were of more interest to the users, but I guess not – it might be too early for that. Has anyone expressed an interest in having information in a specific area, like geometry terms, arithmetic operations, numbers, etc?

I have been working with a list of 80 terms which appear in 3 or more grade levels in the average textbook series in the United States. I am thinking that frequently referenced terms in a curriculum, are terms that might be checked into first by users. I have created a bibliography of Wiki references for the 80 terms. Sorry that it is in my k-12math.info website, but I don't know where the Math Glossary is going.

Jim Kelly http://www.wikieducator.org/User:Jkelly952

Jkelly952 (talk)13:01, 16 September 2009


I'm very interested in the completion of the math glossary. My interest is statistics, but I can see how many math areas would find it useful to have glossary links to include in their instructional materials.

In a Jul 27 post to the main WE list, Wayne announced that the OER Foundation was awarded a William and Flora Hewlett Foundation grant to include

2) Build a technology bridge for OER content interoperability between Connexions and the Mediawiki software platforms thus fostering further development and scalability of the OER ecosystem among projects which subscribe to the free cultural works definition.

Connexions includes a glossary of statistics terms, as well as a glossary of more general math terms.

I decided to hold off on further development of the stats terms in the Math Glossary, for a time, hoping to hear more about the technology bridge.

Maybe we should post to the main list to see where things stand, so we can know whether to move forward now, or continue on hold.

Your list of terms with relevant links is very helpful; it'd be great to have that info on WE.


ASnieckus (talk)13:52, 18 September 2009

Thank you for pointing out the CNX's glossary. I'm sure that it will help in the development in the definition sections of the glossary, which should provide a focus for putting together the examples section. This approach will work for terms and concepts that make up the secondary and higher grade level's mathematics programs. Since local languages, economics and social needs greatly impact the learning, that occurs on the primary school level, the selection with examples (and hopefully lessons) is extremely important (definition are secondary at best). Spending most of my life outside the classroom, I have applied a lot of elementary and secondary school mathematics, and am very grateful to teachers who provided examples and gave a real world feel to mathematics. It makes a difference!

I am sure a “watch” has been set on this page. Jim Kelly

Jkelly952 (talk)11:50, 19 September 2009