Books and Assignments used in GCPMThe educational materials for GCPM consist of books and assignments written for the program by I. Gelfand and his colleagues. Three books are currently being used in GCPM: Method of Coordinates Functions and Graphs Algebra Two of these books, Functions and Graphs and Method of Coordinates, were written for the Moscow School by Correspondence. They were and remain popular not only among students of this School. It is common to find these books in the home library of parents who want to enhance their children's curiosity and intellectual interest. These books present basic mathematical concepts to students in a clear and simple form. For this reason they are well suited for independent study allowing children to work on them without their parents' guidance. These books have been translated into many languages and are used in schools throughout the world. The English translations, published in 1990 in Birkhauser, are now used in GCPM. The third book, Algebra (published in Birkhauser in 1993), was written in English by I. Gelfand and A. Shen for use in GCPM. Two additional books Trigonometry (by I. Gelfand, M. Saul) and Geometry (by T. Alekseyevskaya, I. Gelfand) will be published soon. The essential part of the participation in the GCPM is the work with the assignments. There are 5 or 6 assignments, written by T. Alekseyevskaya and I. Gelfand, for each of three levels of GCPM. The assignments consist of detailed explanations on important topics. Some of these topics are chosen from the books; others supplement the books. The assignments also contain samples of important problems together with their solutions, problems for students to solve and instructions for how to proceed. Material from the new books, Trigonometry and Geometry, are already included in assignments. Algebra |