ERIC Number: ED460005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Using Matlab in a Multivariable Calculus Course.
Schlatter, Mark D.
The benefits of high-level mathematics packages such as Matlab include both a computer algebra system and the ability to provide students with concrete visual examples. This paper discusses how both capabilities of Matlab were used in a multivariate calculus class. Graphical user interfaces which display three-dimensional surfaces, contour plots, gradient fields, and parametric curves and vector fields in both two and three dimensions are presented with comments on their effectiveness. In addition, the benefits and difficulties of using computer algebra in a multivariable class is discussed. Finally, student responses to the uses of Matlab are examined. (Author/DDR)
Descriptors: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Learning Strategies, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, World Wide Web
For full text: http://archives.math.utk.edu/ICTCM/EP-12/C21/pdf/paper.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (12th, San Francisco, CA, November 4-7, 1999).