## Laboratories for a Mathematics Minor

### Harriet Pollatsek,

Don O'Shea

Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

Mount Holyoke College

So. Hadley, MA 01075
doshea@mhc.mtholyoke.edu,,

hpollats@mhc.mtholyoke.edu

*Grant Number*: DUE: 9551919

The project "Laboratories for a Mathematics Minor"
at Mount Holyoke College
has set up two computer laboratories for students
pursuing an exploration-based mathematics minor.
The laboratories are used primarily for two first
year mathematics courses, "Geometry" and "Number Theory,"
and a sophomore level course, "Laboratory in
Mathematical Experimentation." The three courses
form the heart of an alternative mathematics minor
which stresses exploration, conjecture and
argument/proof, and which does not require passage
through the traditional three-semester calculus sequence.
The exhibit will include excerpts from materials for
the three courses plus the computer software we use.

Related publications include:

- Text and Instructor's Manual:
Laboratories in Mathematical Experimentation:
A Bridge to Higher Mathematics, by the faculty members in
the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer
Science at Mount Holyoke College, Textbooks in Mathematical
Sciences, Springer-Verlag New York, 1997.
- "Do We Need Prerequisites?" by O'Shea and
Pollatsek, Notices of the American Mathematical
Society, Vol. 44, No. 5, 564-570.

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