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Project CALC Mathematica notebooks.
An Introduction to Project CALC July, 1992 Project CALC ("Calculus As a Laboratory Course"), developed at Duke University with major support from the National Science Foundation, is part of a nationwide effort to revitalize the teaching of calculus. The project represents a major revision of the calculus curriculum, built around (1) selected problem areas in the natural and social sciences that motivate the introduction of calculus techniques, (2) a discovery-based computer laboratory, (3) writing assignments which place the emphasis of the course on conceptual understanding, not solely on computational skills, and (4) non-traditional instructional methods which actively involve students in the learning process and foster cooperation and team work in all aspects of the course. At Duke the Project CALC computing materials are built around MathCAD and Derive on MS-DOS machines. A major advantage of this configuration is the low cost of both hardware and software. At Bowdoin College the materials have been reformulated around Mathematica, a sophisticated integration of text-processing, numeric and symbolic computation, graphics, and programming. To support this conversion, Bowdoin has been awarded grants from both the National Science Foundation and the Alden Trust. Mathematica versions of thirty-seven labs currently exist, covering all three semesters of the Project CALC program. Further information regarding the Mathematica laboratories can be obtained from Prof. William H. Barker Department of Mathematics Bowdoin College Brunswick, ME 04011 (207) 725-3571 (207) 725-3123 (FAX) wbarker at bowdoin.edu The electronic Mathematica notebooks, designed for the Macintosh, are available via anonymous ftp from Bowdoin College. If you are interested in receiving the notebooks in this manner, send a message to William Barker requesting further instructions. The Project CALC curriculum and text materials are under development by a team at Duke University under the direction of David Smith and Lawrence Moore---questions concerned primarily with curriculum issues should be directed to them at Project CALC Department of Mathematics Duke University Durham, NC 27706 (919) 660-2825 (919) 660-2821 (FAX) das at math.duke.edu lang at math.duke.edu Project CALC materials---including a Mathematica laboratory manual---will be published by D. C. Heath and Company. For information on ordering these items, contact College Mathematics Department D. C. Heath and Company 125 Spring Street Lexington, MA 02173 (617) 862-6650