On Course for Success: Incorporating Mathematica into the College Curriculum

Chris Lee, Roanoke College

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"From my experiences, I really feel that Mathematica is a tool that schools should embrace early. It's not a question of should we embrace it but I think the earlier we get started on it, the better."

Overview

The mathematics department at Roanoke College makes a firm commitment to incorporating Mathematica throughout its curriculum. Associate professor Chris Lee says it's paying off in a big way, and that the key to success is having students use Mathematica from day one.

"The students are a lot more invested in the process," says Lee. "They retain the concepts better because I think using Mathematica all the way through, they're becoming very comfortable with the software and appreciating how it can help them visualize what's going on with their solutions and problems."


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