Computer Based Mathematics and Internet Resources
- A good respository for information about computer based learning
activities and software is located at Swarthmore,
- The Math Archive
at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville contains a large number of
different computer programs for different subjects. It is worth having at
look at it: archives.math.utk.edu/software.html
- Ask Dr.
Math is a nice site where students can ask questions and review
answers to previous questions on a wide variety of topics.
- The main geometry program that we use is called Geometer's Sketchpad.
GSP allows you to do basic geometry and measuring in the plane. It is
available from Key Curriculum Press.
The web site is
It runs on Macintosh and Windows computers.
- Cabri Geometry II is another geometry program witha few more built
in features and the capabilities of working with projective and
hyperbolic geometries. Information for Cabri is available from
Texas Instruments and can be viewed at
It runs on Macintosh and Windows machines.
- Cinderella Cafe is a Java-based
geometry program that is very
comprehensive and something that we may move to in the future.
Demonstrations that you create in Cinderella can be used by students with a
web browser. Information is available at www.cinderella.de.
is a 3-D visualization program from the Geometry Center. The basic
distribution is free and runs on most Unix based computers.
Geomview can be had at www.geom.umn.edu/software/geomview/docs/
- Future Graph is a fancy
scientific calculator, graphing package, and electronic spreadsheet
program available at www.futuregraph.com. It runs on Macintosh and
Windows machines and is geared towards pre-college students and teachers.
It costs about 50 dollars.
- The standard for general computer algebra systems is
Made by Wolfram Research (wolfram.com),
it is a very powerful, rather expensive, and extremely comprehensive
computer system for doing all kinds of mathematics. It is available on
- A Look at Mathematica is Wolfram
Research's introduction to Mathematics. It shows some of the
capabilities of this program.
- Maple is another computer
based system for doing mathematics from Waterloo Maple.
It is a little less polished (but
also less expensive) than Mathematica but is still very comprehensive.
It is available at www.maplesoft.com
Specific Course Resources
- Algebra Online is a nice
web site for K-12 algebra. Has some online activity features (factoring,
inequality solving, etc).
- Calculus on the Web is a
very large site containing questions concerning Pre-calculus and
calculus. The students answer questions step-by-step and the computer
checks the answers. Looks nice.
Elements Online. This is a great site which appears to be the complete
set of Euclid's Elements online with Java applets to
demonstrate certain constructions. Highly recommended.
- Calculus and Mathematica is
one of the main calculus reform projects in the world. While it is
primarily devoted to college level courses, the web site may give some
idea as to what is possible.