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:

  1. 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.
  2. "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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