"FoxTrot" Character Jason Fox to Promote Innovative Educational Calculus
Software
Syndicated Cartoon Character to Appear on
Promotional Materials

Copyright © 1998 Bill Amend


Wolfram Research, Inc. has enlisted Jason Fox, of Bill Amend's
popular
comic strip "FoxTrot," to represent Calculus WIZ, Wolfram
Research's new
Mathematicabased interactive software for calculus study. Jason,
a
10yearold science buff, was chosen as spokesperson for his reputation
as
a mathematics genius.
Under the agreement with Andrews McMeel Universal, the computermad
Jason
will appear in promotional materials supporting the release of Calculus
WIZ. Calculus WIZ is a combination algebraic calculator and
interactive
textbook developed by Dr. Keith Stroyan, distinguished mathematician and
awardwinning innovator in math education. It teaches the standard
mathematical concepts found in nearly all firstyear calculus
classes.
Central to Calculus WIZ's appeal is its ability to actually
solve the
user's calculus homework problems directly. These capabilities are based
on
Wolfram Research's Mathematica, the technical computing system
used by
researchers, scientists, engineers, financial analysts, and students
worldwide. Calculus WIZ, which requires Mathematica for
Students 3 or
later, will be widely available for the fall semester.
Some of Jason's reputation as a math whiz is already related to
Mathematica. In one "FoxTrot" strip several years ago, Jason
recited from
memory the first hundred digits of the familiar mathematical
constant pi.
Amend got the appropriate value from a physicist acquaintance, who
produced
it using a software package popular with physicists. The software was
called Mathematica, a name that so struck Amend that he mentioned
it in his
work twice in the following years.
"Jason is a great match for Calculus WIZ," said John
Bonadies, Director of
Marketing and Creative Services at Wolfram Research. "Jason has this
huge
mass of technical knowledge in his headhe really knows his stuff. If
you
could pick anyone as a homework partner in math or science, Jason would
be
tops. That's also what Calculus WIZ represents, this ideal
homework partner
who's always there to help you understand calculus concepts and solve
the
homework problems."
Bill Amend's "FoxTrot" debuted on April 10, 1988coincidentally, about two months before the rollout of Mathematica 1.0and has become one of the most widely syndicated comic strips in North America. Amend attended Amherst College and majored in physics, a background he draws upon when writing Jason's character. For more information, visit the Calculus WIZ web site and "FoxTrot" on the web at http://www.foxtrot.com.

