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MATHEMATICS

The Chaos Game: Stimulating Math Curiosity with Interactive Software
by Richard O'Malley, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

In the early 1990s, Richard O'Malley was asked to design a math seminar for incoming freshmen at UW-Milwaukee. The seminar had to present math as an area of open inquiry, address the anxieties of students with little math experience, and sharpen students' critical thinking and writing skills. O'Malley met this challenge in two ways: by clearly defining the course's goals and his methods of achieving them, and by creating a software program that would engage students visually and intellectually. O'Malley has found the software an effective tool in helping students understand concepts underlying chaos and fractals. (March 2001)

Mathematics on the Web
Professor Don Piele
Department of Mathematics, UW-Parkside

Don Piele has created an on-line calculus course that allows students to visualize calculus concepts and solve problems using Mathematica, a powerful tool used by both students and professionals. Prof. Piele provides background on the development of his course, its structure, plus information on software and approximate costs. 

Virtual Textbook of College Math
Professor M. Maheswaran
Department of Mathematics, UW-Marathon County

Professor Maheswaran has devised a mathematics courses using hypermedia/web materials and math software, as well as a Virtual Textbook of College Algebra and Geometry, a project of his own design. These materials serve two important functions. First, they provide valuable reference materials to supplement textbooks used in class and, second, they are helpful as presentation and discussion tools in the classroom.

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