UMass Lowell - CyberEd
92.419 Introduction to Mathematica |
Kenneth M. Levasseur
Department of Mathematical Sciences University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, MA 01854 |
Prof. Kenneth Levasseur
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Email:
Kenneth_Levasseur@uml.edu
I believe that in order to really start learning anything as complex as
Mathematica
, you've got to work toward a significant goal. This is why a project is such a major part of this course.
So far, the best source of project Ideas that I've been able to come up with are mathematics journals. The Journals of the Mathematical Association of America are particularly good sources since they have many articles that are accessible to students. Some of the articles are prepared using a computer algebra system (usually Mathematica or Maple) and occasionally you can find one that can be extended. Note: A project shouldn't be just a matter of replicating a calculation or a graphic - I'm looking for you to make use of Mathematica to explore new ground or clarify difficult concepts. Sometimes, articles written by authors who didn't use a computer algebra systems are also a good choice.
You are welcome to do a project that is related to your job. It doesn't have to be mathematics, but then again, it you listen to Tom Lehrer, everything is mathematics!
I've put together some comments on how I evaluate projects .
Project Name | Author | Semester |
Encryption | Henry Drew | Spring 1996 |
Math-termind | Jill Garland | Fall 1998 |
Wheels on Wheels... | Mike Pawlechek | Fall 1996 |
The Phi Number System | Sue Robinson | Fall 1995 |
Set, the Game | Tracey Smith | Spring 1998 |