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Mathematica in the Mountains

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  • Subject: [mg2941] Mathematica in the Mountains
  • From: Marcia Ruderman <74744.2010 at compuserve.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 03:21:00 -0500

		    MATHEMATICA IN THE MOUNTAINS
	                  July 15 - 20, 1996                           
			     Third Year!			        
        Two Residential Courses to Develop Mathematica Skills
             * Introductory *           * Intermediate *
  Venue:  Hampton Inn, Silverthorne, Summit County, Colorado, U.S.A.
                      9000 feet above sea level         

			     INSTRUCTORS
			 Introductory Course		
             		      Ed Packel, 		    
     		       Professor of Mathematics	      
		 Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL	
 	  author of Animating Calculus and Games and Gambling
		         Intermediate Course
                             Stan Wagon,
                       Professor of Mathematics
		    Macalester College, St.Paul, MN 		
        author of Mathematica in Action, Animating Calculus and 
                      The Power of Visualization
	
The courses are aimed at users of mathematics and other scientific 
subjects for whom Mathematica will be an extremely useful tool. 
The introductory course is aimed at people whose experience with 
Mathematica ranges from none to some casual use; the intermediate 
course will go into more detail on programming and the numerical, 
symbolic, and graphical issues that arise when trying to write 
efficient general-purpose routines. Both courses will use examples, 
often from calculus, with the following goals:	
* To generate effective graphical images and animations.
* To use, modify, and create Mathematica code for a variety of 
  symbolic and numerical computations relevant to calculus and 
  other mathematical applications.
* To create quality Mathematica notebooks and to use them for 
  effective presentations.
The introductory course will also address pedagogical issues involving 
laboratory-based calculus courses. Topics in areas such as numerical 
analysis, linear algebra, differential equations, discrete mathematics, 
and statistics will be covered in the courses.

COURSE INFORMATION

Course Fee:  Tuition is $375.00 if payment is received by May 15 and 
$395.00 if received after May 15. The course fee includes tuition, 
use of Mathematica, and complete course notes on disk.

Graduate Credits:  Two units of graduate credit can be obtained from 
the University of Colorado at Denver upon completion of the 
introductory course. An additional fee of $140.00 will be charged for 
this option.

The Program:  The courses, which will run in parallel, will commence 
on Monday, July 15, at 7:00 PM and conclude on Saturday, July 20, at 
5:00 PM. There will be morning and evening lectures and workshops, 
with free time in the afternoons to enjoy the spectacular high 
mountain environment. Thursday, July 18 will be a recreation day.

Computer Requirements:  Participants must bring an IBM-compatible 
computer with Windows or a Macintosh computer with at least 8 
megabytes of internal memory and 20 megabytes of available hard 
disk space.

History:  The first edition of Mathematica in the Mountains was held 
at Leadville, Colorado, in 1994. In 1995 we moved to Silverthorne. 
These courses have been quite successful; testimonials include:

"The workshop was a valuable resource in the effort to institute a 
Mathematica-based laboratory program for upper division students at 
Queens College. I got to see a good range of examples, from clever 
one-liners to deeper applications. The disk we were given, 
containing Mathematica notebooks with comments and the relevant 
code, is incredibly useful."
- Ken Kramer (Queens College of CUNY, Brooklyn, New York)

"I found the Mathematica in the Mountains experience to be 
delightful . . . a nice balance between working with an engaging 
software package and relaxing in the mountain setting. I 
particularly enjoyed the powerful applications of animation and 
three-dimensional graphics, which help our students better perceive 
what is transpiring. Also handy is the versatility. I can use 
Mathematica for planned classroom demonstrations, but I can also 
turn the students loose for independent lab exploration."
- Doug Hartman (Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Nebraska)

"The course proved an excellent source of practical information about 
how to make more effective use of Mathematica's capabilities. I have 
the feeling I'll be consulting the class notes and materials for a 
long time to come."
- Dan Callon (Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana)

"The course covered a great breadth of material while allowing each 
participant to work at his or her own pace and level. Of great value 
were the shortcuts and fine points (like overlaying a curve on a 
3-dimensional surface) that one cannot get out of a manual."
- Edie Cook (Suffolk University, Boston)

"The lectures gave me an effective overview of the powers of 
Mathematica. And the lab, with its extensive hands-on tutorial, 
was specific enough to enable me to apply what I learned in the 
lectures and flexible enough to allow me to work on my own 
problems."
- Ammanuel Mehreteab (chemist, Colgate-Palmolive)

"The enthusiasm and excitement by both instructors were contagious. 
Their presentations were concise, pertinent, clear, and certainly 
usable at our institution. The materials that Ed and Stan gave us 
will be useful in several of the classes I teach (physics, physical 
chemistry, mathematics) for some time in the future."
- Charles Wakefield (University of Texas of the Permian Basin)

"Stan Wagon brings an enormous amount of energy and expertise to 
this course, both formally working through the extensive Mathematica 
notebooks that he has prepared (the hard copies of which are 
invaluable resources for good Mathematica code) and working on a 
one to one level with the participants on their own projects. Add 
to this the wonderful air of the Colorado Rockies and some fantastic 
hiking - it was great!"	    - Robert Moody (University of Alberta)

Hotel Accommodations:  Contact the Hampton Inn and Conference Center 
at (800) 321-3509 or fax (970) 468-7829 directly to reserve a room. 
Specify Mathematica in the Mountains because a block of rooms at a 
discount rate has been reserved. The special rates are guaranteed 
if you reserve by June 24, 1996. Arrangements are suitable for 
accompanying family members.

Location:  Summit County, Colorado, is a popular year-round vacation 
destination. It is located 70 miles west of Denver along the very 
scenic Interstate 70 corridor. Keep a lookout for elk and bighorn 
sheep. The Summit County Hampton Inn is just off the Dillon and
Silverthorne exit 205. Staying in the heart of Summit County, you 
are just minutes from Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and 
Vail ski resorts, and just one block from the Silverthorne Factory 
Outlet stores. And the July climate at this high altitude is perfect, 
with guaranteed cool weather and ample opportunity for hiking on 
snowfields.

Transportation:  Resort Express offers service to and from Denver 
International Airport, conveniently dropping you off at the Hampton 
Inn. Participants should contact Resort Express directly regarding 
transportation at (800) 334-7433 or fax (970) 468-0364. Mention 
Mathematica in the Mountains to obtain the special fares of $32 
one-way or $64 round-trip. Car rentals at the airport are reasonably 
priced too, and allow for explorations of Colorado attractions, which 
range from snowy mountain peaks to desert canyon country (Colorado 
National Monument in Grand Junction) and fascinating science (Dinosaur 
National Monument, in Dinosaur).

For information about the course content, contact:
   Ed Packel,  (708) 735-5155, packel at math.lfc.edu, or
   Stan Wagon, (612) 696-6057 [after May 25: (970) 468-0977], 
               wagon at macalstr.edu       
For registration information, contact:
   Marcia Ruderman, (970) 453-2570, 74744.2010 at compuserve.com

Our web site is: http://math.lfc.edu/mathematica_mtn

Cancellation Policy:  Substitutions may be made at any time. 
Cancellations received by May 15 are fully refundable. After that 
date, there will be a $200.00 cancellation fee.

	 Sponsored by 			 Organized by 
   * Springer-Verlag, Inc.,	   * Front Range Press, Inc.,
      New York, New York	     Breckenridge, Colorado
   * Wolfram Research, Inc.,
      Champaign, Illinois

CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED, SO REGISTRATION SHOULD BE MADE AS SOON AS 
POSSIBLE.ENROLL TODAY BY COMPLETING THE FORM BELOW. CLIP IT AND MAIL 
WITH PAYMENT TO:
   Front Range Press, P. O. Box 5518, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
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Mathematica in the Mountains Registration Form	    July 15 - 20, 1996

One form per person (photocopy extra forms if required). 
Please type or print

Last Name ___________________________ First Name ____________________ 

Title _______________________________________________________________

Affiliation (as it will appear on name badge)________________________

Mailing Address _____________________________________ Home or Office? 

City _______________________________ State/Province _________________ 

ZIP/Postal Code ____________________ Country (if not U.S.)  ________

Telephone __________________________ Fax ____________________________ 

E-mail address ______________________________________________________

Computer Information:  
Will Mathematica be already installed on your computer?  
YES _______    NO _______
Type of computer:  IBM-compatible __________ or Macintosh __________

Payment Method:  Enclose check payable to 
				       MATHEMATICA IN THE MOUNTAINS.
One registration fee for the 
introductory _____ or intermediate _____ course  
($375.00 if received by May 15; $395.00 if received after May 15)      
						      
						      $ ___________
Two units of graduate credit for completion of the 
introductory course ($140.00 additional fee)	      $ ___________
            		          
                                   Total enclosed     $ ___________
*******************************************************************
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ OUR FLYER.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE 
A PRINTED COPY TO POST ON YOUR DEPARTMENT BULLETIN BOARD, WE WOULD 
BE HAPPY TO SEND YOU ONE OR MORE.

WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO ANY 
OF YOUR COLLEAGUES WHO YOU THINK MAY BE INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE OR 
LET US KNOW HOW WE COULD CONTACT THEM.

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT "MATHEMATICA IN THE MOUNTAINS" IN BEAUTIFUL 
COLORADO ON JULY 15 - 20. 

STAN, ED & MARCIA




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