Maths & Fun: Interactive High School Courseware

Kurt Peckman
Wolfram Research, Inc.

Reinhard Simonovits
Handelsakademie

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The strength of Maths & Fun (M&F) lies in three items.

  1. Making use of the new media, like the internet, in the new version of Mathematica or using video clips.

  2. The pedagogical concept of the notebooks. That is the most crucial point. How to teach mathematics using a CAS is a nontrivial problem. We think we have found a very useful approach. In our pedagogical concept the most important thing is the learning process. Teamwork, interactivity, and the given learning environment, using elements of constructivism as well, are the basics of our mathematics in context. So, in our opinion, Maths & Fun is mainly a very well tested concept for "learning mathematics by doing" experiments as well as for having math discussions with the team partner and getting strategies for solving given problems in a different context. Thus, our learning system is a learning and studying concept that works well. In M&F notebooks you will find material covering the basic course needs. You will also find more advanced notebooks if you and your class are interested in further details or new applications. M&F is especially suited for projects in mathematics. This is also one of the goals of the U.S. curriculum.

  3. The open software concept. Clearly teachers are always invited to add their own well-tested ideas or examples. They can also adapt the notebook to fit their needs. Maths & Fun, and this is the big advantage, is an open learning concept.