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Courseware Announcement

  • To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
  • Subject: Courseware Announcement
  • From: p.kent at imperial.ac.uk
  • Date: Sun, 10 Apr 94 18:17:31 +0100

Mathematica Courseware available for trial
==========================================

The backgound 
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The Transitional Mathematics Project (TMP) is based in the Mathematics
Department at Imperial College in London. We are a state-funded project
developing computer-based tutorials, covering the high school
mathematics syllabus, for students making the transition from school
to U.K. University courses in science and engineering.

Our tutorials address the growing mis-match which is occurring (in the
U.K. and elsewhere) between the maths skills expected for 1st-year
courses and the actual maths skills of an increasingly-diverse student
cohort.

The TMP modules
---------------

* A DIAGNOSTIC TEST to identify areas of weakness in maths. The
  Test is written as a Mathematica program and generates randomised
  questions; a results profile is generated automatically. The code 
  is designed for flexibility of question order and content. 

* SELF-STUDY MODULES written as Mathematica Notebooks. They provide 
  a rapid topping-up of maths skills for 1st-year courses. Each module
  has two parts:
   -a Text Module on paper contains didactic text and space
    to record observations, and is a guide to the...
   -...Activity Notebook on the computer, with investigative Activities 
    using Mathematica, and interactive Exercises (with both randomised
    and pre-set questions) to consolidate learning.

What is available
-----------------
The following topics are now available for trial:
 Complex Numbers; Sequences & Series; Vectors; Trigonometry.
Matrices will be ready soon, and Calculus in the summer.

To use the modules you will need Mathematica, version 2.0 or later,
with a Notebook interface. 

Getting the software
--------------------
TMP's materials can be obtained freely by:

* World-Wide-Web:   http://othello.ma.ic.ac.uk

* Gopher:  othello.ma.ic.ac.uk

* Anonymous FTP: othello.ma.ic.ac.uk (155.198.192.26)

* Floppy disk from the address given below.

The materials are draft versions and are offered "as is".
If you have any difficulties, or want to offer feedback, please
contact us. 

-----------------------------
Phillip Kent, Phil Ramsden and John Wood
Transitional Mathematics Project
Mathematics Department
Imperial College
London SW7 2BZ.

Tel: 071 225 8601
Fax: 071 225 8361

Email: tranmath-proj at ic.ac.uk














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