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Mathematica in Engineering Education

  • To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
  • Subject: Mathematica in Engineering Education
  • From: "Dr A. Hayes" <hay at leicester.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Apr 1994 22:31:50 +0100 (BST)

MATHEMATICA IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION

I am preparing a report for a meeting in the UK this September devoted 
to the use of computers in engineering education; there will be provision 
for two days hands on demonstration.

I would like to be able to give a well-supported picture of the way in 
which Mathematica is being used, its versatilty and its professional 
relevance.

If you could spare some time to send me information that you think would 
be helpful I should be very grateful. The sort of categories that I am 
thinking about are indicated below, but I will be happy to receive any 
information. Brief examples of the use of Mma by staff and students would 
be welcome. 

Manuscript deadline is 1-June-94.


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INSTITUTION POLICY:

University/School adoption: what scale?

Use OF Mma for courses and projects by teacher/students (At what level? Are 
notebooks from students accepted/required. Is group work accepted/required).
Use for Masters/Doctors programs and consultancy ?

Training program for general use by students/faculty, cross-institution/ 
in-school/open to all?

Support for program development -- time, committed faculty/assistants, 
funding internal/external, assisted purchase of machines/Mma?


EQUIPMENT:

Machines - Macs/IBM/NEXTSTEP/Sun/....?

Labs, access policy?
 
Office machines?

Networking (downloading from office machines? communication between students
and between students and faculty? access to network and Mma away from labs? 
access to Internet?)

Printing facilities?


PERSONAL USE:

Are your students using Mma independently of course requirements. Are they 
purchasing their own machines and Mma?


TYPESETTING:
Wolfram Research is incorporating a full typesetting facility into Mma. How 
do you see this affecting its use?

EDUCATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE
 
What do you see as the significant contribution of Mathematica to 
engineering education?

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From
Allan Hayes
Department of Mathematics
The University
Leicester LE1 7RH
U.K.
hay at leicester.ac.uk






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