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Exploring Linear Algebra Using Maple


Russell Blyth, Michael K. May
June 27-July 1, 2005
Online from Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

This workshop is designed for college and university teachers who are interested in using Maple as a pedagogical tool in their undergraduate classes. Specifically, the workshop focuses on using Maple in linear algebra, but the concepts and methods can be transferred (and have been transferred by the instructors) to other courses. No prior knowledge of Maple will be assumed ’ just bring a positive attitude about using computer software in the classroom.

Participants completing the workshop will:
  • obtain teaching materials for a first course in linear algebra that uses active Maple worksheets as part of the classroom dynamics;
  • develop a comfort level with using Maple in teaching a linear algebra class;
  • learn how to develop their own Maple worksheets for teaching linear algebra or other classes; and
  • become a part of a network of other professors using Maple in their linear algebra classes.

The workshop will meet live online for three hours each day, broken into two one-and-a-half-hour sessions. Prior to attending the workshop, the participants will be expected to complete a short tutorial (provided by the presenters) on the basics of using Maple. During the workshop, specific Maple worksheets will be examined and discussed. Participants will work through these worksheets and discuss how they can be useful in helping students comprehend linear algebra concepts. An electronic network will be set up for the participants that will provide a discussion forum on using software in linear algebra. For additional information, visit

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