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Mathematica at Math Camp

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  • Subject: [mg67442] Mathematica at Math Camp
  • From: Helen Read <hpr at>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 05:28:15 -0400 (EDT)
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I taught a group of 32 smart high school kids some Mathematica this 
week, at the Vermont Governor's Institute in Mathematical Sciences, aka 
Math Camp. This is my second year doing it, and it's a ton of fun. I had 
the kids an hour a day in one of our computer equipped classrooms, and 
this year we added some additional optional computer time in the late 
afternoons so they could come back and continue working / playing 
around. (Last year some of them wanted more time, but there was no time 
in the schedule when they could come back.)

You might enjoy looking at graphs and animations that the kids made and 
exported from Mathematica.

(Follow the link to the graphs and animations from there.)

You can also download the notebooks that I posted for the kids on the 
Mathematica Class page. Some of them were repeat campers from last year, 
so I added some extra material this year, in case they got through the 
other stuff quickly. (The notebook "Find Your Birthday in Pi", the one 
on primes, and the one on surfaces of revolution were all extras. Not 
everyone did those, but the Pi notebook especially was a big hit among 
the kids who got to it.) The last day (today), I pretty much let them 
work on whatever they wanted. Some of them continued working on 
animations they had started yesterday, some looked at the multi-color 
curve example and went from there, some of them tidied up their webpages.

Helen Read
University of Vermont

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