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NEWSLETTER: VOL II, # 8, APRIL 10, 1998

Virtual Textbook of College Math

Professor M. Maheswaran
Department of Mathematics, UW-Marathon County

In the classroom, I teach mathematics courses using hypermedia/web materials and math software. Among the materials I use are significant portions of a Virtual Textbook of College Algebra and Geometry, a project of my own design. My web 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.

The project started with a set of hypertext notes and examples together with related graphics that I posted on the web in early 1994.  At that time, I also compiled a "catalog of mathematics resources on the world wide web and the internet".   Two years ago I expanded my notes and examples project to include a virtual textbook, which is a work in progress. The original limited version of hypertext notes and examples are on the UW-Marathon County web server at http://mthwww.uwc.edu/wwwmahes/courses/math/mm110nts.htm and http://mthwww.uwc.edu/wwwmahes/courses/math/mm110exs.htm     The expanded Virtual Textbook version is available to all my mathematics students via a separate web server. Access has been restricted for copyright reasons.

During the fall of 1997, I set up a computer classroom at UW-MC with the help of a $65,000 grant that received through the UW-MC Foundation. This has allowed students to access the web materials as well as use mathematics software during classes.  My students have responded favorably to these materials, finding them to be extremely helpful in both of these functions.  Students are also able to access these materials from home and other remote locations.  I set up the UW-MC world wide web server in early 1994 as an archive for educational materials for undergraduate students in all areas of study.   Many professors in different areas of study are making use of this server. Since my web notes and the mathematics catalog were some of the earliest on the entire web, I received a large number of responses and enquiries from several different countries as well as from many schools and students from within the US.   For further information and questions, you can reach Professor Maheswaran at mmaheswa@uwc.edu