Thomas LoFaro and Kevin Cooper
Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-3113
Phone: (509) 335-3124 Fax: (509) 335-1188
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
We have recently been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for the development of IDEA, Internet Differential Equations Activities. IDEA is a program for the development of a ``virtual dynamic lab book'' on the WWW. IDEA is more than a repository for these activities. Activities are being developed by us and contributions are being accepted and solicited from individuals at other institutions. The IDEA site provides users with internal and external tools to mathematically explore the given activity.
To facilitate the development of modules by outside contributors we have developed a Java code generation package to be made available to the general public over the WWW. The module author can create Java applets to accompany his/her project simply by providing the differential equations and other relevant information to the code generator. The software then takes this information and creates the desired applet to be included in the developers project.
We will present these tools, demonstrate their use, and discuss
methods for the evaluation and implementation of activities submitted
by instructors at other institutions.