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Mathematica and calculus

  • To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
  • Subject: Mathematica and calculus
  • From: MATBLAND at eku.bitnet
  • Date: 28 Sep 1992 21:34:40 -0400 (EDT)

The mathematics faculty at Eastern Kentucky University is interested in
integrating the use of mathematica into the calculus sequence. One option
we have considered is to teach a 2 hour course in mathematica as a
co-requisite with calculus I. Under this option those teaching calculus
could use mathematica to meet their objective in calculus without having
to spend time teaching mathematica commands and syntax. Another method would
be to teach mathematica as part of the calculus sequence.  If this method is
used, however, it seems that topics in calculus will have to be eliminated to
make way for mathematica. I am interested in learning what other schools are
doing along these lines. If it is "standard practice" to teach mathematica
as part of the calculus sequence, is there any common agreement as to what
calculus topics can be removed ?  I would appreciate receiving a reply from
anyone who is interested in sharing information.  Thanks, Paul Bland,
Department of Mathematics, Eastern Kentucky University, e mail address:
matbland at eku.bitnet





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