The Never-Ending Story

Steven Morics, Mary Scherer,
Janet Beery, Michael Bloxham
Portia Cornell, Richard Cornez,
Allen Killpatrick,Alexander Koonce

Mathematics Department
University of Redlands
1200 E. Colton Avenue
Redlands, California 92373-0999

scherer@uor.edu
beery@uor.edu
killpatr@uor.edu

Grant Number: DUE: 9351491
Grant Number: DUE: 9551132

The University of Redlands has spent the last seven years gradually introducing the use of computers into its mathematics curriculum. Computers are used for generating patterns and examples, for graphing, and for exploration of concepts, rather than for instruction and drill. During the past year, computer use has been expanded in several classes. In particular, during the Fall, 1997 term, students in the abstract algebra class have used the ISETL programming language to construct the fundamental concepts of the course for themselves, and to use their constructions for exploratory activities. All of the mathematics classes at Redlands, with the exception of Real Analysis and non-majors classes satisfying general education requirements currently have all their meetings in one of the three computer classroom laboratories outfitted in part by NSF-ILI grants DUE-9351491 and DUE-9551132. The department continues to look for ways in which computer use can enhance mathematics learning, and is beginning to consider the possibility of introducing computer activities into non-majors classes. Informational packets describing computer use at Redlands and containing examples of computer activities from pre-calculus, calculus, linear algebra, number theory, college geometry, probability, statistics, and abstract algebra will be provided.


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