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Courseware Announcement

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  • Subject: Courseware Announcement
  • From: p.kent at
  • Date: Sun, 10 Apr 94 18:17:31 +0100

Mathematica Courseware available for trial

The backgound 
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

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:

* Gopher:

* Anonymous FTP: (

* 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

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