The following organizations are the major hubs for
professional activity in mathematics. They offer a wide variety of information
and services. Though each has a different focus (as indicated), their concerns
overlap a great deal:
Association of America
(MAA): the major organization for undergraduate mathematics,
recreational mathematics, and mathematics education:
- American Mathematical Society (AMS): the
major organization for graduate level mathematics and research in
mathematics; also concerned with mathematics and mathematics education at
- Society for
Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM):
the major organization for applied mathematics:
These organizations are special interest groups, but they
have much to offer everyone:
News: Articles and Columns
- News and Features: mostly
of current professional interest.
- Columns: interesting
articles by a number of different authors on a variety of topics, many
of which will be of interest to anyone who likes to read about
- Notices of the AMS: the AMS
- What's New in Mathematics: an
online AMS magazine intended to promote public awareness of mathematics.
It features items of interest both to professional mathematicians and to
the general public and is one of the most heavily accessed areas of the
AMS online service e-MATH.
- SIAM News: the SIAM
- Science News
archived articles on mathematics by Ivars Peterson.
- Science News Online Home Page: includes
a link to a search engine indexing all the full text Science News
articles and other special features available online; often turns up
additional mathematics articles not included in MathTrek.
Links to General Information
Here you can find an incredible variety of mathematics at
every level from preschool to cutting edge research. The presentations are
equally varied, and some are quite novel. Have fun exploring these sites; there
is truly something for everyone. (Note: some links having many equations and/or
a great deal of graphics may be slow to load when the internet is in heavy use.
If you encounter this problem, you might want to try again during off-peak
The best all around mathematics site on the internet:
- Includes the famous Ask Dr. Math forum,
where a team of volunteer mathematicians post answers to questions
submitted by "viewers" from all over the country. (The
questions and answers are saved in an indexed and searchable archive.)
- The Math Forum
Internet News features reviews of mathematics sites on the
The most comprehensive single reference work for mathematics on the
internet, an enormous online encyclopedia:
Online books - a growing number of complete books are available online, and
here is a good place to look for them:
A sampling of interesting sites indicative of the variety of web projects
that people have undertaken:
Places to search and browse for more mathematics sites:
SEARCH ENGINES AND INDEXES
Computer Software, Graphing Calculators, etc:
- AMS Index of
Mathematical Software: a good starting point both for finding
help with software you already use and for finding new software for a
particular task. Covers both free and commercial software.
- Mathematics Archives
Software Collection: well organized; one of the best places to
look for mathematics software, particularly shareware.
- TeX Resources: a
collection of links to information about TeX
and LaTeX put together by the AMS.
Calculator Links: plenty of information on TI, HP, and Casio
- The Mathematica Integrator: type
in the formula for any function you would like to integrate, and get a
formula for its antiderivative, if there is one. A free service of
Wolfram Research, Inc., developers of the computer algebra system Mathematica.
On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences: A database of nearly
90,000 sequences. Enter a
handful of terms from your sequence and you will get the available
information about it (possibly including a name, description, formula,
programs for generating the sequence, references, or links to relevant
- IDEA: Created and maintained
by a team at Washington State
University and sponsored by
NSF, this is a nice collection of free software for learning about and
teaching differential equations. Includes DynaSys, a rather
complete package for the graphical and numerical analysis of ordinary
differential equations of up to order three which is very user friendly
(menu driven and so on) and easy to learn.
- Peanut Software for
Windows: Rick Parris of Phillips Exeter Academy has created
several free software programs which are user friendly and easy to learn,
including ``Winplot'', which can plot graphs in the plane (of functions
expressed several different ways, including implicitly defined functions)
, surfaces in 3-D, and solutions to systems of ordinary differential
equations, and ''Wingeom'', which can create and animate high precision
geometric constructions in two and three dimensions. (Students: you might
prefer Winplot to your graphing calculator for some things, since you can
nicely print your graphs!)
- Numerical Recipes Home Page: contains
the Numerical Recipes books free online; a great first stop for anyone
looking for suitable C or Fortran code to implement standard numerical algorithms
and sound basic information and advice on such algorithms.
The following online brochures provide nice, brief overviews
of careers in the mathematical sciences:
These sites provide a wealth of detailed information on what kind of jobs are
available in the mathematical sciences, how to go about preparing for these
jobs, and how to find them:
- AMS - MAA - SIAM
Project on Nonacademic Employment in the Mathematical Sciences Career
- Home Page
- Mathematics Careers
Bulletin Board: profiles of people with mathematics backgrounds
who work in all kinds of jobs. Includes active profiles, in which you
can ask individuals specific questions about their work, and archived
- Mathematicians: Includes
links to related occupations such as statistician and computer
- School Teachers: The
demand for mathematics teachers continues to be very high.
Good advice for those considering graduate school in
mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics:
Starting points for deciding where you might go for graduate work:
In order to apply to many graduate programs you will have to take the
"general" and/or "subject" Graduate Record Examination
(GRE), which is administered by ETS:
Web pages from major mathematics organizations referenced
Web pages from the major mathematics web sites referenced above:
Sites devoted entirely to education:
Here are a few particularly nice collections of materials related to the
teaching and learning of mathematics. (Many more such collections can be found
in the links above.)
- AP Central: has
plenty of information about the AP Calculus and AP Statistics Exams,
including old exam questions (with answers) and links to web sites which
are relevant to the calculus and statistics involved in these exams. In
order to access most of this information, you have to register but it is
quick and easy to do so. This site is very worthwhile for teachers and
students of these AP courses.
- IB Higher
Level Mathematics Syllabus:
from the mathematics department of the Chinese
in Hong Kong.
Contains over 100 links arranged according to the International
Baccalaureate syllabus for Higher Mathematics.
- Busy Teachers'
Website K - 12: Mathematics: a collection by Carolyn Cole of
- The Teacher's
Aide: Mathematics: a select collection aimed at providing
material which can be put to good use in the classroom.
- MEGA Mathematics:
a site designed to help teachers bring a variety of fun, creative
ideas into the elementary school classroom.
- Chance: Interesting materials for teaching
probability and statistics courses.
Includes “Chance News” which features articles about
statistics suitable for undergraduates, and articles involving statistics
from various general sources (newspapers, etc.) with thought provoking
Open Courseware Project: Materials (lecture notes, assignments,
examinations, sometimes even videos of lectures) for selected courses at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
And finally, here is a unique online community for anyone
interested in mathematical problem solving:
- The Art of Problem Solving
community designed to bring experts and novices together. Membership in the community is
free and includes access to an online forum and interactive “Math
Jams”. Online classes
are offered for a modest fee.
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