Dynamic and
Interactive Mathematical Explorations With MathWright
Ravinder Kumar
rkumar@lorman.alcorn.edu
Mathematical Sciences
Alcorn State University
United States
Abstract
MathWright is an authoring system that intregrates computer algebra
system based on LISP, and can be used to create dynamic and interactive
mathematical books, called microworlds. A microworld can consist
of any number of interactive pages that are like java applets. The
microworlds can be easily put on the web maintaining the interactivity
and navigation, and can be read either in internet explorer or by
downloading on a computer. MathWright online library (www.mathwright.com)
contains approximately seven hundred such books on vaious mathematical
disciplines. I authored my mathwright books under NSF project WELCOME,
first as novice developer and then as mentor developer. I have used
my books as well as books by other authors in my calculus, linear
algebra, modern algebra, mathematical modeling, and numerical methods
classes. In this session, we will demonstrate how the microworlds
can be used with web for active teaching and learning. A short demonstration
for creating a microworld will also be presented for those who may
want to create materials of their own. CD's containing some of the
microworlds used for demonstration along with reader software will
be made available.
