## Contributions of an Instructional Computing Lab

### Dr.Allen Back

Cornell Math Instructional Computing Lab

Department of Mathematics

White Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853
back@math.cornell.edu

*Grant Number*: DUE: 9451440

Visualization, symbolic and numerical computing enhance the
undergraduate mathematical experience. Key for the successful
integration of computer components is software support and the
generation of usable materials. The Cornell Mathlab has had successful
experiences supporting computation in math major courses such as
differential equations, linear algebra, teaching of mathematics,
discrete mathematics, multivariable calculus and geometry. In many
cases, materials available for sharing with others (e.g. at the web
site http://mathlab.cit.cornell.edu/)
have been generated. In other
cases the lab has served as a teaching laboratory for faculty
producing and testing educational software. The lab has also been a
very fine site since its inception for REU programs where students use
computation in many forms to get more involved in mathematics.
Computer support has also been a great asset for non-major
mathematical enrichment courses such as statuistics, and math
explorations in areas ranging from projective geometry and fractals to
music. Our poster presentation will survey this range of activities, and
highlight some of the experiences that may be most transferable to other
institutions.

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