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ERIC Number: ED443687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Student's Lab Assignments in PDE Course with MAPLE.
Ponidi, B. Alhadi
Computer-aided software has been used intensively in many mathematics courses, especially in computational subjects, to solve initial value and boundary value problems in Partial Differential Equations (PDE). Many software packages were used in student lab assignments such as FORTRAN, PASCAL, MATLAB, MATHEMATICA, and MAPLE in order to accelerate their understanding of concepts and improve their computational skill. This study found that MAPLE was the most effective program in solving, comparing, and visualizing numerical and exact solutions in PDE. Discussion focuses on a computational project to solve, compare, and visualize the solution of heat, wave, and Laplace's equation in PDE. To make a more effective and efficient class, the class was grouped and group members were arranged by mixing them up based on their major skills--theoretical (Pure Mathematics student) and computational (Computational Mathematics student). As a result, it was found to increase the academic atmosphere among the students. Students were found to have new experiences and perceptions about modeling, solving methods, visualization, and real interpretation on PDE problems. (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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