PREP - Professional Enhancement Programs of the MAA

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

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