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Eastern Kentucky University Mathematica Project
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Paul Bland
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Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science \\
Eastern Kentucky University \\
Richmond, KY 40475-3133 \\
{\tt matbland@acs.eku.edu}
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Grant Number: DUE--9351052
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The mathematics faculty at Eastern Kentucky University will use the
computer algebra system Mathematica to enhance the teaching of calculus,
linear algebra, and differential equations. This will be accomplished
through non-traditional instruction which will take place in a technology
classroom which has been established with an NSF-ILI grant. The emphasis of
the program is to have students explore problems of such computational
complexity that they will have to use Mathematica to analyze and solve the
problems. It is felt that well structured experiences with Mathematica will
lead to good problem solving skills and to a deeper and richer understanding
of the important principles of mathematics. In the technology classroom
students will be placed in an environment where they will be required to use
approximations procedures, graphical analysis, and data analysis in order to
solve problems. Computing will be used as a tool for experimental problem
solving as opposed to the usual deductive and theoretical approach most
often found in the traditional classroom setting. Students will be
encouraged to work and learn cooperatively. Also, students will be required
to submit written reports on their technology classroom projects.
Mathematica materials will be developed for use in teaching
calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. The faculty plans to
build on materials developed under other NSF grants as well as developing
new materials. New Mathematica materials developed will be made available to
the mathematical community upon request.
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