Dr. Colin Steele, University of Manchester
Dr. Martin Brown, University of Manchester
There are several challenges in teaching mathematics to students, including engineers. The MathExplorer tool addresses these challenges and allows students to study various mathematical concepts in the context of real engineering problems. The tool is not a replacement for lectures, but it enables students to quickly carry out techniques learned in lectures. MathExplorer makes use of the MuPAD® language, which is part of Symbolic Math Toolbox™. MathExplorer consists of a series of notebooks, each pertaining to a particular mathematical or engineering topic, starting with a brief introduction with references to more detailed accounts of the theory. There are opportunities for students to change the various parameters and view demonstrations where equations are solved and plotted. There are also some suggested exercises that students can explore. Currently there are notebooks for mathematical topics ranging from introductions to vectors and differentiation in year 1 to Laplace transforms and eigenvalues in year 2. Lecturers can demonstrate a notebook in classes, adding powerfully to the message of the lecture.
Recorded: 20 Mar 2013