
Who says Calculus&Mathematica has failed?
Posted:
May 27, 2007 6:17 PM



I haven't looked at this list for a couple of years. I guess I really didn't need to because when I opened up the postings I had missed, I usually knew what the posting would say just by reading the name of the poster.
But I have to confess that I was not ready for the lies Wayne Bishop posted about Calculus&Mathematica attributed to a nameless source in The Illinois mathematics department. Bishop announced the failure of Calculus&Mathematica at Illinois. It's time to set the record straight.
Calculus&Mathematica (C&M) and related courses have been in service for nearly 20 years at University of Illinois at Urbana=Champaign. Within the department, there are the ignorant Bishoptype folks who denounce C&M without taking taking the time to see what C&M does. Here are some facts:
Last year, there were several C&N calculus sections for engineers, several more specially adjusted for life science a students. This year, the school of life sciences has asked for an expansion of C&M). There were several sections of Differential equations&Matheica, as well as several big sections of Matrices,Geometry&Mathematica, a new visual course based on the ideas of the singular value decomposition. The is also the Probability Statistics and Mathematixa course which I taught this last semester. A precalculus course is in the works.
C&M also forms the basis for the highly successful NetMath internet distance education program which this year enolled about 400 world wide students. NetMath has worked so well that O'Reilly Publising has hires ob some former NetMath teachers to create internet. In addition, NetMath has already produced a Stanford engineering PhD and an MITengineering Phd who took all their undergrad math classes in NetMath before they went to undergrad school.
Jerry Uhl
Jerry Uhl juhl@cm.math.uiuc.edu Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Education University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign
http://wwwcm.math.uiuc.edu , http://netmath.math.uiuc.edu, and http://matheverywhere.com
Isn't it extraordinary how it's the people who reject moral relativism and insist on the blackandwhite difference between good and evil who argue for making exceptions when it comes to torture?

