Monday Afternoon, October 23

Scientific Visualization and Undergraduate Education in Mathematical Sciences

The rapid advances in hardware and software technology over the past several years have played an important role in the emergence of scientific visualization as a new field of inquiry. The opportunity to generate vast amounts of numerical data either through direct observation or through computational processes, has challenged researchers to find tools to organize that data visually into meaningful information. Now with the dramatic increase in affordability of technology, those tools are available for use in the undergraduate curriculum. Faculty are developing their own visualization tools to use as well. In this minisymposium, the speakers will examine the impact of these tools on various parts of the undergraduate curriculum in mathematical sciences. They will present examples of work in several types of courses, and hold an informal panel discussion involving the audience and speakers following the presentations.

Organizers: Gilbert Strang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lee L. Zia, University of New Hampshire and National Science Foundation

4:30 Using Computer Graphics in Several Variable Calculus to Compensate for Students' Complete Lack of Experience in 3-Dimensional Geometry
Eugene A. Klotz, Swarthmore College

5:00 Incorporating Interactive-Simulations and Visualization in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Lessons from the Web
Robert M. Panoff, The Shodor Educational Foundation, Inc.

5:30 3-D Filmstrip: A General Mathematical Visualization Program for Macintosh Computers
Richard S. Palais, Brandeis University

6:00 Computer Graphics in Differential Equations Courses
Robert L. Borrelli and Courtney Coleman, Harvey Mudd College

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