natural electronic environment than the keyboard-only notebook PC currently allows and ultimately heightens student engagement in the learning process.
In particular we are interested in how students interact differently with mathematical content because of the availibility of an electronic desktop that contains java applets, a Computer Algebra System, an electronic version of the textbook, and electronic notes. We are also interested in how specialized networking software enables students to interact differently with both the teacher and other students in the classroom.
For more information, contact or Lt Col Edward Werner.
CalcTool 1 and CalcTool 2 are suites of java applets developed by one of our faculty members for use in Calculus 1 and 2 courses.
CalcTool 1 is useful for graphing (and solving) functions, exploring function properties, understanding the idea of a limit, discovering the relationship between instantaneous and average rate of change, computing symbolic derivatives, graphing parametric functions, and exploring vector properties.
CalcTool 2 is useful for graphing (and solving) functions, computing various kinds of Riemann Sums, discovering the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, creating various kinds of series, and plotting slope and vector fields.
Go here for the latest versions of these free applets.