# Exploring Multivariable
Calculus Using Maple

## A PREP Workshop

## Workshop Abstract

This workshop is designed for college and university teachers who are
interested in using Maple as a pedagogical tool in their undergraduate
classes. Specifically, the workshop focuses on using Maple in
multivariable calculus, but the concepts and methods can be transferred
(and have been transferred by the instructors) to other courses.
No prior knowledge of Maple will be assumed – just bring a positive
attitude about using computer software in the classroom.

Participants completing the workshop will

- obtain teaching materials for a course in multivariable calculus
that uses active Maple worksheets as part of the classroom dynamics;
- develop a comfort level with using Maple in teaching a
multivariable calculus class;
- learn how to develop their own Maple worksheets for teaching
multivariable calculus or other classes; and
- become a part of a network of other professors using Maple in
their multivariable calculus classes.

The workshop will meet live online for three hours each day, broken
into two one and a half hour sessions. Prior to attending the workshop,
the participants will be expected to complete a short tutorial
(provided by the presenters) on the basics of using Maple. During the
workshop, specific Maple worksheets will be examined and
discussed. Participants will work through these worksheets and
discuss how they can be useful in helping students comprehend
multivariable calculus concepts. By the end of the week, groups
of participants will develop and present worksheets of their
own. An electronic network will be set up for the
participants that will provide a discussion forum on using software in
multivariable calculus.

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*This PREP workshop is made possible by the NSF grant DUE:
0341481*