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Mathematica in University introductory physics courses

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  • Subject: [mg24632] Mathematica in University introductory physics courses
  • From: S.Draaijer at
  • Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 17:24:16 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

At the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the Netherlands (,
department of Physics, I support a project on integrating Computer
Algebra Software in physics courses (note: our students carry a laptop
with Mathematica and Scientific Workplace installed on it with them all
the time).

It is a difficult project and we are looking for contacts, research and
experiences of other people and institutions. What are the do's and
dont's, how to integrate the use in face-to-face classroom, are there
example lesson plans, what to expect from students and what not, how
much time in practicing with Mathematica is needed for students to feel
comfortablbe solving physics problems, etc.

Where are looking for contacts, advice, materials, links etc.

I hope someone can help us further on this subject.

Kind regards,
Silvester Draaijer


ir. Silvester Draaijer
Onderwijs Adviesbureau van de Vrije Universiteit
ICT Onderwijscentrum
De Boelelaan 1115 (Provisorium)
kamer C-113
1081 HV Amsterdam
tel: 020-4445479
tel XOIP: 020-8703721 (for voice- to e-mail and fax to e-mail)


Rinke J. Wijngaarden
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Faculty of Sciences
Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV  Amsterdam
The Netherlands
phone +31 20 444 7918
fax  +31 20 444 7991
e-mail RW at NAT.VU.NL

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