## Electronic Classroom for Mathematics Instruction

### Joyati Debnath, Ph.D

Felino Pascual, Ph.D

Mathematics and Statistics Department

Winona State University

Winona, MN 55987
jdebnath@Vax2.Winona.MSUS.edu

fpascual@VAX2.WINONA.MSUS.EDU

*Grant Number*: DUE: 9551256

The objective was to incorporate the use of computers and
software in the teaching of Calculus and Numerical Analysis to enhance the
learning atmosphere in the classroom by discussing problems that cannot be
covered with traditional methods of instruction. The authors used group
projects to supplement the lecture. Some of the problems in the projects
have
been derived from industrial problems. The authors found that Calculus is a
very difficult course to modify to allow for the introduction of our
approach for two reasons

- Freshmen students tend to resist the idea of
doing projects in Mathematics. Also, many of
the freshmen have had Calculus in some form in
high school and are set in their ways of doing
Calculus. Some of the projects require that they
do away with any previous knowledge of Calculus.
- Many of the freshmen will continue to take other
courses that require techniques in Calculus that
are covered in a repetitive fashion such as the
memorization of integration techniques. The
authors have had to make a difficult compromise
between understanding and memorization.

Numerical Analysis is very well-suited for this approach. Industrial
problems lend themselves very well to the use of computers and software.

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