### Electronic Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Conference on
Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

*CONTRIBUTED PAPER: 11-C8*
### Interactive Mathematics on the Web -- The Easy Way

Carl R. Spitznagel

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

John Carroll University

Cleveland, OH 44118

Phone: (216) 397-4351

E-mail: spitz@jcu.edu

#### ABSTRACT

MathView, a product of Waterloo Maple Inc., is a computer algebra system that is
designed to foster interactive exploration of mathematics. Unlike other
computer algebra systems that are designed to produce static answers and
results, MathView is designed with an interface in which the mathematics--both
symbolic and graphic--is interactive: a change to a "proposition" in a MathView
worksheet produces a cascade of instantaneous changes to the "conclusions" that
are tied to that proposition. This structure helps to create an environment
that encourages experimentation and observation.
Moreover, an interactive environment created in a MathView worksheet can be
easily embedded in an HTML document and placed on the web. And even though
MathView is relatively inexpensive, viewing a web page with an embedded MathView
worksheet does not even require the MathView system! Instead, a plugin that can
be obtained for free from Waterloo Maple is all that is needed (in addition to a
web browser, of course).

This combination of features makes it not only simple, but also highly cost-
effective, to create and deliver interactive web-based mathematics. This paper
will show examples of interactive web pages designed to lead students to
discover some of the standard theorems of calculus, and will demonstrate the
creation of an interactive web page--using tools no more sophisticated than
Netscape and MathView.