Solutions from Every Perspective: Using Mathematica to Enhance Students' Understanding of Math Concepts
Richard Breheret, Webmaster, Euler/CRDP
- Streamline software management and reduce technology expenditures by replacing other software with Mathematica
- Access the world's largest collection of algorithms, high-performance computing capabilities to handle large datasets and a powerful visualization engine for academic research
- Enter free-form queries to access Mathematica's wide range of functions, plus terabytes of Wolfram|Alpha's knowledge for use in computations
One of Richard Breheret's biggest challenges as a high-school math teacher is finding a way to help students arrive at answers from different perspectives, whether algebraic or formal, while integrating concepts from primary school to high school.
Through Mathematica, Breheret had been showing his students how to arrive at satisfactory answers while understanding that in math there won't always be just one correct answer. This led him to work with webMathematica to develop a web interface in which mathematical expressions could be entered simply, including all the terminology specific to teaching math in France.
For Breheret, Mathematica's greatest benefit is in how it works behind the scenes, analyzing answers and allowing instructors to see how many times students try the exercises, if they succeed, if they assimilate the concepts and if they have difficulties. When students struggle, Mathematica is there to help.