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Geomathematics: Teaching Math and Geosciences with Mathematica

J. Rial
Journal / Anthology

Mathematica in Education
Year: 1991
Volume: 1
Issue: 2
Page range: 9-15

Geomathematics is a new course that uses computer-based geology/geophysics curricular material (computer software and companion textbook) for undergraduate and first-year graduate geoscience students at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The software is in the form of packages of interactive programs or modules of instructional material. Geomathematics is designed to teach students to graphically simulate geological dynamic systems such as the cooling of intrusive magmas, the shifting and collision of tectonic plates, or the regimes of mantle convection while they become familiar with fundamental mathematical concepts, and learn to manipulate and generalize solutions to differential equations commonly encountered in the description of those phenomena. A 3-semester calculus sequence is all that is required to register in Geomathematics.

*Science > Geology and Geophysics