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An Applet a Day Keeps the Math Worries Away

At our recent mini-conference on calculus, Daniel Heath (mathematics professor at Pacific Lutheran University) discussed and demonstrated many of the special Java Applets he designed to help students learn mathematics. In addition to providing visual insights into difficult mathematical concepts, the set of applets encourage students to experiment with mathematical ideas and test their understanding. That is, the applets can be used constructively in a math classroom.

Though originally set up for use by college students, the applets certainly can be used by secondary students, especially those taking advanced mathematics courses. The web site containing the applets is broken into these content areas:

  • Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Differential Calculus
  • Integral Calculus
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Miscellaneous Higher Mathematics
  • A Physics Simulation
Many of the applets include interesting questions for students (and teachers) to explore. If you want additional websites that focus specifically on calculus, please consider the Resource for this week.

Finally, if the applets on this web site prove helpful, please send a "thank you" note to Daniel Heath.....and he may even be open to your suggestions for other applets (yet to be written).