tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-62458196858784035002020-02-28T22:33:32.841-08:00Mathematica Seminars at Essex County CollegePresented by Ron BannonUnknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6245819685878403500.post-69555383727999129872010-01-05T12:04:00.000-08:002012-11-29T15:06:58.369-08:000. Schedule<br />Essex County College is a Mathematica Campus . . .<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zNP1NFaepiI/S0OiQy1r2GI/AAAAAAAAAmA/MpzpV8wQXOY/s1600-h/mathematica.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="78" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zNP1NFaepiI/S0OiQy1r2GI/AAAAAAAAAmA/MpzpV8wQXOY/s400/mathematica.gif" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />Mathematica is now at version 9.0! A short <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/new-in-9/video.html?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&width=550&height=339" target="_blank">video</a> will cover some improvements to look for. I'm upgrading my MacBook Air as soon it's available---I also want to encourage our faculty (including adjuncts) to consider installing a copy on their home computers. We've got installers for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.<br /><br />That means that we need to start using Mathematica in the teaching and learning process. Here's a nice video overview . . .<br /><center><br /><object height="385" width="480"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mWikflTjjJU?fs=1&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mWikflTjjJU?fs=1&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object><br /></center><br /><blockquote><span style="font-family: inherit;">You may have an older version of Mathematica, and you should check to make suer that you're running Mathematica 9. It's currently running on my MacBook Air and office iMac! ECC lab machines have also beed updated. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">Here is the top nine reasons of why Mathematica 9 is better:</span></blockquote><ul><li><b>Optimize your workflow with the Wolfram Predictive Interface:</b></li> The Wolfram Predictive Interface makes it easy to find and use the power of Mathematica 9. The Input Assistant's context-sensitive autocompletion and dynamic highlighting help you discover and enter commands, and the next-computation Suggestions Bar offers optimized suggestions for what to do next. It's the next step in our ongoing Compute-as-You-Think initiative that began with free-form linguistic input. <li><b>Examine social networks with built-in links to social media:</b> Mathematica 9 introduces a full suite of social network analysis features including community detection, cohesive groups, and centrality measures, plus built-in links to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. It also adds new capabilities for network flows and new graph distributions.</li><li><b>Work with systemwide support for units:</b> Mathematica 9 introduces a new unit system containing more than 4,500 different units, all integrated with Wolfram|Alpha's sophisticated unit interpretation system. From unit conversion to dimensional analysis, Mathematica provides you with all the tools you need to work with, and extract properties from, units and quantities.</li><li><b>Use survival analysis, random processes, and other expanded capabilities in data science and visualization:</b> Mathematica offers more statistical distributions than any other system, including specialized coverage of finance, medicine, and engineering. Mathematica 9 adds survival and reliability analysis; full support for random processes including queues, time series, and stochastic differential equations; a complete set of customizable gauges for dashboards and reports; and systemwide support for automatic legends for plots and charts.</li><li><b>Integrate R code into your Mathematica workflow:</b> Mathematica 9 offers built-in ways to integrate R code into your Mathematica workflow, allowing data exchange between Mathematica and R and execution of R code from within Mathematica. With RLink, R users can use thousands of functions from across the full Mathematica system.</li><li><b>Deploy interactive documents with enhanced capabilities:</b> Instantly create documents in the Computable Document Format (CDF) to present interactive charts of results, show dynamic models, or prototype your next application, and deploy them to the web or desktop. With Mathematica Enterprise Edition, you can deploy CDFs with live data and other enhanced features.</li><li><b>Perform powerful 3D volumetric and out-of-core image processing:</b> Mathematica 9 scales up performance to very large 2D- and 3D-volumetric images using out-of-core technology, and builds in a hardware-accelerated rendering engine for 3D images and volumes.Mathematica 9 also adds feature tracking, face detection, image enhancements, and other highly optimized algorithms to perform comprehensive image analysis.</li><li><b>Use integrated analog and digital signal processing:</b> Filter and analyze sound, images, and multidimensional data with Mathematica 9's signal processing capabilities. Instantly design and deploy interactive filters and simulate them with WolframSystemModeler:</li><li><b>Visualize with new customizable gauges and built-in legends:</b> Mathematica 9 adds a complete set of customizable interactive gauges for dashboards and reports, with built-in support for units. Systemwide support for automatic legends for plots and charts means legends with any style or layout can be added to arbitrary content.</li></ul><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">In t</span>he right sidebar is an index of four Mathematica topics that may be covered (that depends on faculty demand) this academic year at Essex County College. All seminars will take place in room T212, and will start at 2:40 pm and end at 3:40 pm---don't worry, I won't drone on-and-on about this-and-that and you'll have a chance to try it yourself. Just use the "Seminars . . ." index in the right sidebar to see what we're going to eventually cover. And, please consider reading over this information whenever you want . . . these seminars don't need to be rigidly done in any particular way.<br /><br />The seminars follow what I believe to be a logical sequence that is appropriate for the teaching staff at Essex County College. Your skills and interests may vary from what is presented, but you will nonetheless be presented with a possible approach to getting started with Mathematica, and more importantly, getting your students familiar with using Mathematica. <br /><br /><br /><br /><center> <object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lfmEPnDR-g0&hl=en&fs=1"></param><paramname="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lfmEPnDR-g0&hl=en&fs=1"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> </center><br /><br /></div>Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6245819685878403500.post-29144075141168853742009-12-22T13:00:00.000-08:002012-11-27T12:22:54.177-08:001. An Overview . . .Today's seminar will cover the following topics:<br /><ul><li>What is Mathematica?</li><li>Where is it available at ECC?</li><li>Where can I get a home use copy of Mathematica?</li><li>How do I start using Mathematica?</li><li>Topics for future Mathematica seminars.</li><li>Questions & Answers?</li></ul><br /><h3>What is Mathematica?</h3><a href="http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathematica/">Mathematica</a> is the world's most powerful global computing environment. Ideal for use in engineering, mathematics, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, and a wide range of other fields, it makes possible a new level of automation in algorithmic computation, interactive manipulation, and dynamic presentation---as well as a whole new way of interacting with the world of data.<br /><br /><h3>Where is it available at ECC?</h3>Mathematica is installed in the following locations:<br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>CFT </b>105, 111, 211, 212; Main 3404, 3404, 2117A, 2117B</span></li><li><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Faculty/staff school-owned machines:</b> Contact ECC's Help Desk and request to have Mathematica installed on your office PC.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Faculty/staff personally-owned machines:</b> Installers (network/CD) are available <a href="http://user.wolfram.com/portal/upgrade.html?license=32826730&u=bannon@essex.edu&v=6ac0b0fb6039ca2920dbe83a18338ebff7a2ec1d">here</a>. You will need to register at this site. Be sure to use your Essex County College email address. Wolfram needs to verify that you're employed at ECC.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>Students' personally-owned machines:</b> Students can buy discounted licenses through <a href="https://www.wolfram.com/securecheckout/?model=MS100&use_type=Student&Qualifier=student&" target="_blank">Wolfram's Web store</a>. Students can also download a 30-day trial by visiting <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/books/resources/">http://www.wolfram.com/books/resources/</a> and entering <b>L3262-2112</b> as the license number.</span></li></ul><!-- <h3><br /><br /><br />Where can I get a home use copy of Mathematica?</h3>Faculty and staff at ECC can obtain a copy (network or CD) of Mathematica for home use. You'll need a home computer (Windows, LINUX, or Mac OS X) and an Internet connection to <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/siteinfo/homeuse/?parent_license=L3276-0392&request_type=NEW_HU_LICENSE">install Mathematica</a>. I recommend a network install because it is the quickest way to get it, but CDs are also available. Here's a <a href="http://screencast.com/t/NTBlZTc5MW">video</a> if you need help getting started.<br />--><br /><h3>How do I start using Mathematica?</h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zNP1NFaepiI/TPTwTf5swGI/AAAAAAAAAwc/9NfvFEljMxs/s1600/mathematica_8.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="183" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zNP1NFaepiI/TPTwTf5swGI/AAAAAAAAAwc/9NfvFEljMxs/s320/mathematica_8.png" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>What are the best steps to start using Mathematica? That varies, but I do suggest that you launch the Mathematica application (home/office/lab) and take a careful look at the Welcome screen. Launching Mathematica is no different than opening Word or Excel, and once opened you'll be presented with a blank page and a Welcome screen. Read the Welcome screen to become familiar with what this very powerful application can do. Here's a <a href="http://screencast.com/t/NTk0ZTcxNW">video</a> if you need help.<br /><br />Once you've poke around a bit, I suggest you follow this list next:<br /><ul><li>Watch the <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/screencasts/handsonstart/" target="_blank">Hands-On</a> tutorial screencast.</li><li>You may, after watching the above <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/screencasts/handsonstart/" target="_blank">screencast</a>, want to take a more comprehensive <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/services/education/seminars/index.html">tutorial</a> on Mathematica to learn more about using the Mathematica application. [I once ran an online course at ECC on the use of Mathematica---you can visit ECC's M10 course <a href="http://m10.mathography.org/">website</a> for updates.]</li><li>Explore the <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/learningcenter/" target="_blank">Learning Center</a> for topics relevant to your interests.</li><li>Launch Mathematica, open the Classroom Assistant, and take a look at what's available to you and your students. Where do I <a href="http://screencast.com/t/NjM3YjcyN2">find</a> the Classroom Assistant?</li><li>Take <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/services/education/seminars/" target="_blank">other seminars</a> relevant to your work.</li><li>Find some prebuilt examples and courseware from: <a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/" target="_blank">Demonstrations Project</a>, <a href="http://mathworld.wolfram.com/" target="_blank">MathWorld</a>, or <a href="http://library.wolfram.com/" target="_blank">Library Archive</a>.</li><li>You're now ready to start thinking about projects to assign your students. That will be discussed later---mainly because students need motivation to know why using Mathematica is so important.</li><li>I know, on occasion, I can sound anti point-and-click. However I do know that many prefer point-and-click input, and Wolfram has an excellent <a href="http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/screencasts/justpointandclick/">screencast</a> that illustrates the Mathematica point-and-click interface.</li></ul><h3>Topics for future Mathematica seminars.</h3>I'll may give three more seminars. The next seminar will be on appropriate ways to stimulate student interest in using Mathematica. This will focus on what's appropriate at the calculus I and II level. So please stay tuned . . . I'll be updating everyone shortly.<br /><br /><h3>Questions & Answers?</h3>Feel free to ask questions. Even if you did not attend the live seminar, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to address your questions or concerns.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6245819685878403500.post-61118259986491524952009-12-22T12:59:00.000-08:002012-10-13T07:58:00.097-07:002. Appropriate Use . . .Today's seminar will cover the following topics:<br /><ul><li>Using Technology Appropriately</li><li>An Example From MTH 121</li><li>A MTH 121 Project</li><li>An Example From MTH 122</li><li>A MTH 122 Project</li><li>Math Teacher Link</li><li>Questions & Answers?</li></ul><br /><h3>Using Technology Appropriately</h3><!-- <img src="//img2.blogblog.com/img/video_object.png" style="background-color: #b2b2b2; height: 344px; width: 425px; " class="BLOGGER-object-element tr_noresize tr_placeholder" id="BLOGGER_object_0" data-original-id="BLOGGER_object_0" /><br />--><br /><br />Mathematica was released in 1988 and had a profound effect on the way computers were used in technical fields. I experienced this first hand, mainly because I was interested in solving numerically difficult problems that required vast amounts of code to do---I in fact had to write programming routines for simple arithmetic, and then rely upon Newton’s method to solve difficult equations. Yes, calculators were available, and I had two graphic calculators, but they were really quite primitive in 1988. Although there were other computer algebra systems available, Mathematica basically leap out to an audience waiting for such a product. I was certainly in that audience and quickly purchased a copy of Mathematica 1.0 for my dual floppy 1 MB Mac SE.<br /><br />Some said that Mathematica marked the beginning of modern technical computing. Although not first to market, Mathematica created a single product that could handle many aspects of technical computing. Its use has expanded over the years and it remains one of the most important computer algebra systems ever. As educators we not only need to encourage our students to explore tools that will aid them now, but also allow them to prosper in their professional lives.<br /><br />Keep in mind that Mathematica is used by all of the top Fortune 50 companies, all of the world’s 50 largest universities, and all of the 15 major departments of the U.S. government. So please consider that we need to get our students ready for a future that involves using Mathematica.<br /><br />Like any technology, its use must be appropriate. However, just getting students started will be your greatest challenge. You'll certainly need to create teaching moments that shake the students into understanding that not all problems are pen-and-paper solvable. So today's talk will be about created teachable moments in my MTH 121 and 122 classes.<br /><br /><h3>An Example From MTH 121</h3><br />Taking derivates of many functions is really too easy, and I do work through a plethora of examples to drive the point across. Algebra skills in a majority of our students is quite poor, and I spend weeks on emphasizing that simple problems should be done by hand. However, I do lead into problems that require algebraic mettle well beyond what my students are capable of doing. And this is where I start to discuss using heavy tools (Mathematica).<br /><ul><li>I'll briefly address how my <a href="http://faculty.essex.edu/~bannon/mth.121/handouts/16/mth.121.handout.16.pdf">lecture</a> (this is an old example that I am no longer using) notes lead to introducing Mathematica.</li><li>I occasionally update students electronically, and I try to keep it brief. For example, after the above lecture was given, I post a <a href="http://screencast.com/t/ZDAyMjViNWUt">video</a> that hopefully clarifies my lectures. What's great about posting videos is that students can watch again-and-again if they need to.</li><li>I certainly try my best to get students to attend my lectures, but as many of us know, attendance (lateness aside) at ECC is abysmal and has a great impact on our educational outcomes. Many of the <a href="http://screencast.com/t/Y2FhZmQwZjc">videos</a> posted are a direct outcome from my lectures. In this <a href="http://screencast.com/t/Y2FhZmQwZjc">video</a>---posted immediately after problem was discussed in class---I address the issue of using Mathematica to solve a word problem that caused much confusion in class. Keep in mind though, that students who don't attend probably won't watch the videos either. So please try to create resources that benefit students who attend your classes. What you do should relate to class content!<br /></li></ul><h3>A MTH 121 Project</h3>The students were informed about using Mathematica in prior lectures, and then I give them a project to work on where they are encouraged to use Mathematica (or other CAS software) to complete the work. <br /><ul><li>Actual <a href="http://faculty.essex.edu/~bannon/2008.fall.121/mth.121.test.take-home.02.pdf" target="blank ">assignment</a> given to students.</li><li>Actual <a href="http://faculty.essex.edu/~bannon/2008.fall.121/mth.121.test.take-home.02.key.pdf" target="blank">assignment key</a> given to students after grades are recorded.</li><li>A <a href="http://screencast.com/t/NmVmYTE2Nj">video</a> shared with students indicating what I wanted them to do.</li></ul><h3>An Example From MTH 122</h3>While lecturing---really more like entertaining my students---I often come to realize that those under my spell aren't really listening, let alone understanding, what I am presenting. Of particular note is while reviewing MTH 121 with my MTH 122 students, is a <a href="http://faculty.essex.edu/~bannon/mth.122/handouts/02/mth.122.handout.02.pdf">lecture</a> (this is no longer being used) on differential equations. I repeatedly inform my students that I don't actually draw my own direction fields, but that both the book and standardized calculus assessments require it. Even Euler's method is required in the both the textbook and standardized assessments. Students look concerned, but I do assure them that I am not going to require them to draw a direction field, and that I will provide them if it's helpful in solving a problem. However, I try to slowly pace my students into seeing technology as an aid, and here's two examples related to the <a href="http://faculty.essex.edu/~bannon/mth.122/handouts/02/mth.122.handout.02.pdf">lecture</a> on differential equations: <br /><ul><li><a href="http://screencast.com/t/4tqIQSbSy">Video</a> of graphing direction fields and Euler's solution.</li><li>Using <a href="http://screencast.com/t/F2RvWeWTl1VA">Excel</a> to compute Euler's method.</li></ul>As we proceed forward, invariable someone asks about Mathematica. Typically I'm asked, "Is there a way I can get a license or installation password for Mathematica 7 on my laptop from the school?" And here's a typical group reply that I give early in the semester: <br /><blockquote>One student in our class asked about Mathematica, but at some point during the semester everyone needs to get exposed to Mathematica. Sooner the better, just poke around ECC's computer labs and look for the Mathematica program. Here's a brief <a href="http://screencast.com/t/xB62K5LINeW">video</a> to get you started. </blockquote>Since my MTH 122 students are more advanced, I tend to post less direct information about using Mathematica, but I do post <a href="http://screencast.com/t/qQx5UI3Z">videos</a> that will nudge students into using/learning Mathematica. <br /><h3>A MTH 122 Project</h3>I trudge through numerical methods of integration, and actually do some calculations in class. Watching "paint dry" is more like it, and I think at this level that methods should be taught, but the tedium of computation is best left to a machine. Here's an <a href="http://mth-122-fall-2009.googlegroups.com/web/mth.122.project.01.key.pdf">example</a> assignment for numerical integration. Then later in the semester, I actually give more screencasts related to using Mathematica.<br /><ul><li><a href="http://screencast.com/t/NTBlYmYyM2Y">Video</a> on sums.</li><li><a href="http://screencast.com/t/NDVmNWQ4">Video</a> on alternating harmonic series.</li><li><a href="http://screencast.com/t/N2QyNDNlOD">Video</a> on series.</li></ul>And students are asked to use Mathematica on occasion. <br /><ul><li>Please visit my MTH 122 <a href="http://mth122.mathography.org/" target="_blank">website</a> for full course notes. These notes include Mathematica example code and problems.</li></ul><h3>Math Teacher Link</h3>Okay, if you're really motivated, you might want to consider some formal <a href="http://mtl.math.uiuc.edu/node/168">training</a> from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They have a course for mathematics teachers interested in using Mathematica as a teaching tool. Here's the blurb from their <a href="http://mtl.math.uiuc.edu/node/168">website</a>: <br /><blockquote><b>Calculus & Mathematica for Mathematics Teachers</b> Calculus & Mathematica is a university credit, modern calculus course based on an interactive, electronic text. It is currently offered on campus at a number of universities, and by distance education at many high schools. This module introduces teachers to the content and pedagogy of the Calculus&Mathematica course. This module is suitable for any mathematics teacher interested in teaching, or simply learning more about, the Calculus&Mathematica course. Credit: 1 grad. sem. hr. or 3 CEUs.</blockquote><center> <object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lfmEPnDR-g0&hl=en&fs=1"></param><paramname="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lfmEPnDR-g0&hl=en&fs=1"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="344"></embed></object> </center><h3>Questions & Answers?</h3><br />Feel free to ask questions. Even if you did not attend the live seminar, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to address your questions or concerns.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6245819685878403500.post-3090141819242756862009-12-22T12:58:00.000-08:002012-10-13T08:01:41.550-07:003. Making a Screencast . . .Today's seminar will cover the following topics:<br /><ul><li>Can You Show Me?</li><li>Did I Miss Something?</li><li>How Do I Share?</li><li>Questions & Answers?</li></ul><br /><h3>Can You Show Me?</h3><br />There are many ways to show someone how to do something. I feel, as an educator, that is what I do. Certainly, when I am teaching MTH 092 I tend to do a lot of show-and-tell, although I prepare detailed notes, I still tend to repeat over-and-over again the same thing. Repetition matters, but it varies, and it is hard to know when repetition becomes a total bore.<br /><br />So it's basically show me, but the key to good teaching is moving from the show me stage to the let me try myself stage---that is, we need to get our students to try. So let's get to the show me part of today's show.<br /><br />For my upper level students (MTH 122) I still do a lot of repetition, but less so than I would do with my MTH 092 students. I even give, with good results, an extra credit <a href="http://m11.mathography.org/">assignment</a> that totally depends on a student's ability to read. What surprises me here, is that some students actually thank me, saying that they need to learn how to read and follow instructions. Frankly speaking, my teaching at ECC relies mainly on what's presented in lecture. I am shocked that many students, even at the upper end, don't read, and what they learn must be taught with the show-and-tell method. It's our reality and we need to address this issue.<br /><br />Written <a href="http://m12.mathography.org/" target="_blank">instructions</a> are fine, but today I want to present an easy to use <a href="http://www.jingproject.com/">product</a> that should be in every teachers' toolbox. It's a real great product that can easily be used to show students how to do something on a computer.<br /><br /><br /><h3>Did I Miss Something?</h3><br />Invariable I have students who bring problems to class that were addressed in prior lectures. The basic demand is, SHOW ME HOW TO DO THE PROBLEM. For example, I cover <a href="http://faculty.essex.edu/~bannon/mth.122/handouts/02/mth.122.handout.02.pdf">Euler's method</a> in MTH 122, and I often comment that watching me do this is like watching paint dry. Anyway, we go through the derivation of Euler's method and I do a simple example. After the lecture I post a <a href="http://screencast.com/t/F2RvWeWTl1VA">video</a> on how I do Euler's method (differs from what's done on standardized AP exams). Students can watch this <a href="http://screencast.com/t/F2RvWeWTl1VA">video</a> over-and-over again if they like. No matter, students still ask how to do it when it arises on my assigned homework. I say, TAKE A LOOK AT THE <a href="http://screencast.com/t/F2RvWeWTl1VA">VIDEO</a> AND TRY YOURSELF!<br /><br /><h3>How Do I Share?</h3><br />Get <a href="http://www.jingproject.com/">Jing!</a> It's free and works like a charm! I've never had one student complaint about this product. I'll even show you how today, and yes, you'll be able to watch again-and-again if you like.<br /><br /><h3>Questions & Answers?</h3><br />Feel free to ask questions. Even if you did not attend the live seminar, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to address your questions or concerns.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6245819685878403500.post-67378199904078809192009-12-22T12:57:00.000-08:002012-10-13T08:05:10.336-07:004. Using Resources . . .Today's seminar will cover the following topics:<br /><ul><li>Resources</li><li>Examples</li><li><a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram|Alpha</a></li><li><a href="http://m10.mathography.org/">ECC M10 Seminar</a></li><li>Questions & Answers?</li></ul><br /><h3>Resources</h3><ul><li><a href="http://media.wolfram.com/brochures/AcademicBrochure-preview.pdf">Mathematica brochure . . .</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wolfram.com/solutions/highered">Higher-ed website . . .</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wolfram.com/solutions/precollege">Pre-college website . . .</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wolfram.com/solutions/highered/use">Higher-ed solutions . . .</a></li><li><a href="http://www.wolfram.com/webresources.html">Higher-ed resources . . .</a></li></ul><h3>Examples</h3><br />You'll find many pre-made examples to choose from. Here I will cover some, and I will show you how they can be used.<br /><ul><li><a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/search.html?query=surface%20area%20of%20revolution">Surface Area</a></li><li><a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/search.html?query=volume+of+revolution&submit.x=0&submit.y=0">Volumes</a></li><li><a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/search.html?query=alternating+harmonic+series&submit.x=0&submit.y=0">Alternating harmonic series</a></li><li><a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/search.html?query=central+limit+theorem&submit.x=0&submit.y=0">Central limit theorem</a></li><li><a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/search.html?query=astronomy&submit.x=0&submit.y=0">Astronomy</a></li><li><a href="http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/search.html?query=genetics&submit.x=0&submit.y=0">Genetics</a></li></ul><br />Here's some additional sources of information . . .<br />If you use Mathematica for your work, the Wolfram Mathematica Tutorial Collection will be an invaluable aid. This 23-title collection documents the features and capabilities of Mathematica <br />7—from graphics to data analysis to programming—and can be viewed online, dowloaded as a PDF, or ordered in print: <a href="http://url.wolfram.com/3YYMWBS/">http://url.wolfram.com/3YYMWBS/</a><br /><br />The Wolfram Mathematica Learning Center is another great place to find resources for learning Mathematica. From screencasts to seminars to "How-tos", the Learning Center offers a variety of ways for you to learn the skills you need to make the most of your use of Mathematica: <a href="http://url.wolfram.com/4NQovIQ/">http://url.wolfram.com/4NQovIQ/</a><br /><br />For more comprehensive training, we also offer a variety of courses through the Wolfram Education Group. If you mention your school's site license (L3276-0392) when you register, you'll get an additional 30% off the list price. To view a complete list of upcoming classes and register, visit: <a href="http://url.wolfram.com/48G9PU4/">http://url.wolfram.com/48G9PU4/</a><br /><br /><h3>Wolfram|Alpha</h3><center> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/images/home-popup.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="302" src="http://www.wolframalpha.com/images/home-popup.png" width="320" /></a></div></center><br />Most likely you're using <a href="http://www.google.com/">Google</a> as your main search engine, but you should also be aware of Wolfram's computational/data serach engine called <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram|Alpha</a>. The creator of Mathematica, Stephen Wolfram, gives a nice <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/screencast/introducingwolframalpha.html">video</a> introduction that you might want to share with your students. Basically <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram|Alpha</a> is a search engine that makes much of the world's data accessible though natural language queries, and provides access to Mathematica's computational engine. Just enter your question or calculation and <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram|Alpha</a> uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram|Alpha</a> is available free of charge, and provides much of the same functionality as does Mathematica. However, it differs from Mathematica in that it is <a href="http://screencast.com/t/M2Y2NmJhMD">much more tolerant of poor syntax</a>. Your students can access <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/">Wolfram|Alpha</a> from any web browser, and is not limited to just mathematics---it's a really amazing product. Anecdotally, I even have students using it in place of Mathematica. Yikes, it's even on my iPod Touch.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zNP1NFaepiI/S4ne3nqcsvI/AAAAAAAAAmI/lHvcMfV0p54/s1600-h/alpha.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zNP1NFaepiI/S4ne3nqcsvI/AAAAAAAAAmI/lHvcMfV0p54/s400/alpha.jpg" width="400" /></a></div>Now, give it a try!<br /><br />Wolfram|Alpha for iPhone/iPod Touch is available for download at the iTunes App Store. The price is usually $50, but recently I have seen it offered for just <b>$1.99</b>. That's a whopping $48 off and the best deal I've ever seen for this "computational knowledge engine"---I paid $25! The link is: <a href="http://dealmac.com/lw/artclick.html?1,356472,1123266">Wolfram|Alpha for iPhone/iPod Touch</a> . . . make sure you check the price, because Wolfram has a tendency to change it!<br /><h3>ECC M10 Seminar</h3><br />Complete course information can be found at: <a href="http://m10.mathography.org/">http://m10.mathography.org</a><br /><br />Here's the topics to be covered.<br /><b>Syllabus</b>—This course is organized into five topics:<br /><ol><li><b>Introduction:</b> Step by step instruction on performing basic operations, building up computations, and navigating the user interface, as well as a description of how to navigate and take full advantage of the documentation system</li><li><b>Visualization and Graphics:</b> Two- and three-dimensional plotting, plotting data, using options, and creating dynamic and interactive graphics<br /></li><li><b>Math and Science:</b> Introduction to computation, including polynomial operations, solving equations, functions from calculus, and simplification<br /></li><li><b>Programming:</b> Introduction to the Mathematica programming language, with emphasis on familiar programming tasks involving procedural, functional, and rule-based styles of programming<br /></li><li><b>Working with Data:</b> Importing and exporting data and external files, and instruction on working with Mathematica's built-in computable data sources</li></ol><br /><h3>Questions & Answers?</h3><br />Feel free to ask questions. Even if you did not attend the live seminar, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to address your questions or concerns.Unknownnoreply@blogger.com1