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From Ken, Steve, and Sydney, the Chiefs of Staff at Ask Dr. Math

In fall of 1994, the Math Forum at Swarthmore College (then the Geometry Forum - started an e-mail program called Ask Dr. Math. The idea was to answer any and all math questions from K-12 students as fast and as well as we could. We began with an e-mail address and a dozen math students who signed on to answer questions in shifts around the clock.

The project worked. In fact, it worked better than we imagined it would! Instead of ten questions a week, we now get over forty questions a day. We have answered thousands of questions, and more keep coming. The volume of questions has grown so large that even though we now have more doctors, we still cannot keep up. Therefore, we are inviting qualified undergrads, retired teachers, and practicing mathematicians to help us turn Dr. Math into one of the strongest mathematical resources on the Internet.

As a Math Doctor you will have the opportunity to answer the math questions of K-12 students from all over the world. Questions may range from "How do you add really big numbers?" to problems involving sphere packing and complex analysis. You will be able to answer some questions in five minutes. Some might take an hour. Some you will never solve. Some have never been solved by anyone. All will make you a better teacher and student of mathematics.

You will also be reminded of the reasons why you got into mathematics in the first place: because when you saw the Pythagorean theorem it was beautiful, and when you saw the fundamental theorem of calculus, you thought it was fun. You'll have not only the joy of recognizing that you can help those who are where you were 5, 10, or 30 years ago, but also the opportunity to help give them a love for mathematics.

All it takes to be a Math Doctor is a knowledge and love of mathematics, a knack for explaining mathematics, and access to a good browser like Netscape 3.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.1. If you meet these criteria we'd love to have you join us. The first step is to look at the Dr. Math Tour and Help pages:

Here you will find a form that will let you officially apply to become a Math Doctor.

We look forward to virtually seeing you around the office.