webMathematica Website Wins International Mathematics
Mike Martin and Steve Wilson, professors at Kansas's
Johnson County Community College, were recently honored with the 2004
International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics Award for
Excellence and Innovation with the Use of Technology. The award was
presented in recognition of their website Dynamic Web Tools, an online mathematics resource
built using webMathematica.
After two years of development, the hands-on educational website now
features comprehensive 2D and 3D visualization tools implemented in many
early and advanced mathematics courses at Johnson County. Students can
use Dynamic Web Tools for everything from basic algebra and trigonometry
to applied mathematics, including instantly forming a model of
chemical concentration in a pumping lung.
"Though we began working with webMathematica two years ago, we have
simply been creating pages as the need in our courses arose," Wilson
said. "In fact, I have often created a new webMathematica page in
two afternoons, including interruptions."
"The Dynamic Web Tools project would not have happened without
webMathematica," Martin added. "It allows us to embrace
practically any area of mathematics and provide tools for our students
to visualize, simulate, and better comprehend the materials."
Martin and Wilson consider Dynamic Web Tools "an ongoing project" and
are excited to share new developments with their students and the web
community at large.
"Our collection of pages will continue to grow and evolve as we
identify additional topics which can be addressed through
webMathematica," Wilson said.