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Calculus I and II Online with Java Server Pages and webMathematica

Charles Wakefield
Organization: University of Texas of the Permian Basin

2006 Wolfram Technology Conference
Conference location

Champaign IL

This presentation will describe and illustrate a system specifically designed to teach courses in calculus I and II. However, the concepts used for these two courses have a broad, far-reaching impact for education in mathematics and sciences. The value of the system is evident in its flexibility, versatility, and potential for almost limitless innovations. The system supports and interconnects websites integrating static and interactive content for many different subjects in mathematics. Several static and interactive content sites will be demonstrated. The static sites contain text, graphics, and animations describing a concept in calculus. Interactive sites will contain executable instructions pertinent to the concepts described in the static sites. Plotting functions, equation solvers, and integrators are just a few of the executable instructions that are available for students to explore ideas and check homework assigned on the static content pages. Instant access to any of the subjects or site pages is possible. The courses are being taught through The University of Texas TeleCampus in Austin, Texas. The authoring system used is Blackboard. The static text pages are all produced in Mathematica and the interactive sites are initiated using JavaServer Pages that utilize webMathematica loaded on a server on our campus. The two courses were taught in the spring and summer of 2006 and received good evaluations from the students. In the presentation I will demonstrate the courses and also show how the development was accomplished. My laptop computer is set up to think it is a server, so all I will need is an internet connection as all software is stored on my laptop. More generally the systemís interactive ability allows almost limitless flexibility for teacher and student alike as they move seamlessly from concept to concept across a variety of disciplines and presentations.This flexibility provides enormous pedagogical range. Our advancement in technological application will become an important interdisciplinary asset that encourages similar activity in learning across many areas of the curriculum,especially STEM type courses.

*Education > College
*Mathematics > Calculus and Analysis > Calculus
*Wolfram Technology > Special Versions > webMathematica

teaching calculus, webMathematica, JSP