## A Classroom for the Integration of Computer

Explorations into the Calculus Sequence

### Sherry Gale

Leigh Atkinson

Department of Mathematics

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC 28804
sgale@unca.edu

atkinson@unca.edu

*Grant Number*: DUE: 9450849

With financial assistance in the form of an NSF-ILI grant, the Department of
Mathematics of the University of North Carolina at Asheville
has established a computer classroom in which our calculus classes are taught.

The room contains 18 Power Macintoshes running Maple IV the
macs are connected to a file server. Seventeen of the computers are
positioned along three of the walls of the classroom. The other
computer is in the front of the class on the instructor's desk, and
is connected to a projection system. Student desks, for group work
and lectures, are in the middle of the classroom. This arrangement
enables smooth transitions between lecture or discussion and
computer explorations, and provides an optimal setting for either
activity. During discussions students are removed from the
distraction of the computers. When students are working at the
computers the instructor is able to see all the computer screens at
one time. This setting, which among other things enables students
to do realistic applications and to visualize curves and surfaces,
enhances students' understanding of fundamental concepts of
calculus. The classroom is open for student use in the evening, with
a student assistant to answer questions.

Our poster will include pictures of the classroom, sample
assignments (more are available at our web site), and information
concerning the way we integrate computer explorations into class
discussion.

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