Electronic Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics


A Spiral Approach to Problems in Linear Algebra: Computer Laboratories

Bruce Elenbogen, David A. James, Michael Lachance
University of Michigan - Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128-1491
E-mail: boss@umich.edu, dajames7@aol.com, malach@umich.edu


Interactive linear algebra laboratories at UM-D have the innovative feature that the presentation of each laboratory’s focus topic spirals through three levels of increasingly sophistication: (1) basic, (2) realistic, (3) advanced. This increasing-levels-of-maturity approach provides students with the bridge to real-world application. It also allows the instructors to choose the level to which to expose their class.