An "Exchange and Mart" of various
Mapleinteaching materials
Grant Keady
Mathematics Department, University
of Western
Australia
email: keady@maths.uwa.edu.au
Abstract
The Workshop will be fairly short
and informal, with just a brief
introduction by the convener. Books
will be displayed, useful URLs exchanged,
Maple Worksheets on disks copied.
(Some of these will be recycled
from a similar event, organised
by CTImath
with the the convener as the main
worker, at the `2nd IMA
Conference on Teaching of Mathematics
to Engineers' Apr 97, Loughborough,
England, April 97. But, please,
ATCM97 participants, bring your
own Maple Worksheets too.) Most
importantly, Mapleinteaching participants
at ATCM97 will have the opportunity
to meet each other.
The rest of the abstract answers
`why' and offers clues to the focus
of the Workshop. Maple
is one of the CAS widely used in
teaching (partly because it is widely
used outside it). Maple V release
4 Worksheets allow mathematical
word processing, including sectioning
(like the Notebook capabilities
in Mathematica) and hyperlinks.
This opens the way to increased
use in teaching (as well as outside
it), including `electronic books',
or tidilyorganised `electronic
accompaniments to textbooks'.
The opportunities are greater,
but the medium now demands increasing
effort to produce polished materials.
Working lecturers have other demands
on their time, and sharing materials
has never been more important. Shared
materials can be `commercial', where
accompaniments to text books are
allowed for classes which use the
text, or just free exchange. Both
categories will be represented at
the `Exchange and Mart'.
There are opportunities for all
in the new facilities of Maple V
release 4.
 Students will benefit from
improved materials.
 The oldhands at CASinteaching
may find places in teams writing
materials, and, in the process,
because of the more formal publication,
be able to count the effort in
applications for promotion, and
funding, etc.. It is hoped that
the `Exchange and Mart' will prove
to be a place where people, who
might subsequently find themselves
in a team producing materials
for appropriate books, might meet.
 Lecturers who have not found
the time to write their own CAS
materials will be able to choose
texts with accompanying CAS materials,
and students using the CAS will
thereby find it easier to keep
up, and develop their skills.
 As the book publishers producing
accompaniments frequently produce
materials for several different
CAS, lecturers, like the convener,
who face engineering maths classes
where students might use either
Mathematica or Maple, have materials
available in parallel in different
CAS.
A 1995 paper of the convener of
this `Exchange and Mart' on teaching
of engineering mathematics gives
some of the thoughts of the convener.
At that stage, PWS Notebook disks
accompanying textbooks had just
been introduced. The actual textbook
chosen in the convener's projct
may well have been an unfortunate
choice as a more widely selling
book with an identical title (`Advanced
Engineering Mathematics') is now
sold by PWS. Also, the Web is now
the favoured medium of distribution
rather than disk, particularly in
more advanced areas. However, the
general thrust of the 1995 paper
remains true: sharing materials,
with sharing in the effort of their
production being facilitated by
arranging that the materials accompany
text books, is a way forward. One
point of caution, appropriate to
participants at ATCM97, is that
it may well be that the massmarket
lowerlevel US textbooks will have
the CASaccompaniment teams coordinated
from the US. Initiation of (Englishlanguage)
projects from outside the US, might
succeed more easily when targeted
at more advanced, specialised books.
