The Development of
Mathematical Web Manual Creator using CAS and Web Connectivity
Technology
Hongjoon
Park hjpark@sunchon.ac.kr Dept. of Computer
Science
Youngcook Jun ycjun@sunchon.ac.kr Computer
Education Sunchon National University South Korea
Abstract
Recently, CAS(Computer Algebra System) is changing its size and
type to be able to build web contents for mathematics education
without any additional process for web publishing to be a webbased
Instruction. Following this trend, We developed phpMath, a CAS based
web contents developing tools for making various type and enormous
sized web contents design much easier by applying the advanced web
linkage technique of CAS to the aspect on the automation of
instruction design. We present our prototype of a web manual creator
that is based on MSP(Mathematica Server pages) technology embedded
in webMathematica. This tool gives courseware authors more simple
ways to make their own mathematical web contents. The final
application called phpMath can generate MSPdriven documents
automatically using Mathematica commands typed by users. In other
words, phpMath users can make interactive dynamic mathematical web
contents even though they do not know anything about web server,
HTML, and webMathematica. Additionally, This paper introduced a Web
site made by phpMath for mathematics education which make it being
able to dynamic calculation and interactions between student to
content. This manual explains totally 23 functions in Mathematica,
showing that phpMath makes it possible to build a various dynamic
mathematical web page such as numeric calculation, graphic
processing and mathematic symbol calculation. After all, an
instruction system designer or instructor using phpMath can spend
time and cost to develop a better effective mathematics education
web contents materials instead of spending time and cost for
learning knowledge of using CAS on the matter of building
mathematical web contents. And a learner will be able to use the web
manual provided by phpMath to make himself (or herself) perfectly
learning the contents given by instructors.
