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Spatial Problem Solving in an Integrated First-Year Curriculum

J. Fine
L. Waite
Journal / Anthology

The Mathematica Journal
Year: 1991
Volume: 1
Issue: 4
Page range: 62-67

An integrated first-year curriculum in science, engineering and mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology emphasizes the links between such subjects as calculus, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering graphics in a way that stresses interdisciplinary problem solving. Our new course is taught in a classroom in which each student is provided with a Mathematica-equipped NeXT workstation. This paper describes how traditional material in engineering graphics has been integrated with modern computational geometry in order to enhance the students' ability to solve three-dimensional spatial problems. Mathematica provides the link between the visual world or orthographic views and the abstract world of symbols and numbers that makes this integration possible.

*Mathematics > Geometry > Computational Geometry