PREP - Professional Enhancement Programs of the MAA


Exploring Multivariable Calculus Using Maple

A PREP Workshop

Leader Biographies

Russell Blyth received his B.Sc. (Hons.) from Massey University in New Zealand and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the latter in group theory. He has been a faculty member at Saint Louis University since 1987. Dr. Blyth has developed and used Maple in linear algebra courses since 1998. Maple worksheets for linear algebra developed by his copresenter Michael May and by Dr. Blyth are posted on the Maple Powertools web site. He has also used GAP software in teaching abstract algebra since 1996 and has presented workshops on using GAP in teaching abstract algebra to three national groups and one regional group of Project NExT fellows. He copresented (with Dr. Julianne Rainbolt) PREP workshops on using GAP in teaching abstract algebra in the summers of 2003, 2004 and 2006.  He copresented (with Dr. Mike May, S.J.) a PREP workshop on using Maple in teaching linear algebra in the summer of 2005 and a previous version of this workshop in the summer of 2006.

Mike May, S.J. received his BA from Saint Louis University and his Ph.D. in ring theory from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a faculty member at Saint Louis University since 1993. Dr. May has done extensive work on using technology as a tool in teaching mathematics. He has used Maple in a variety of classes since 1995. He is a co-author of "Getting Started with Maple," a 200 page manual that is published by Wiley press and is in its second edition. He has given two mini-courses on using Maple at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics (ICTCM) and has an article "Designing Courseware with Maple " that has been electronically published at the ICTCM website. Dr. May has produced powertools (collections of worksheets for use in teaching a course) in multivariable calculus, linear algebra, cryptography, and abstract algebra. The powertools are available from Maple's www.mapleapps.com website. He has made presentations on teaching with Maple at MAA and AMS national and regional meetings. Dr May also works on non-Maple technology in teaching. He has written a number of applets for teaching calculus and has made presentations on using those applets at professional meetings.   He copresented (with Dr. Russell Blyth) a PREP workshop on using Maple in teaching linear algebra in the summer of 2005 and a previous version of this workshop in the summer of 2006.
 

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