|| Dept. of Maths. & Stats.
|| Swarthmore College
SPIMSOW is a rather weird acronym for the Summer
Project for Implementing Mathematical Software on the
Web. Since the World Wide Web is used by so many people and is
relatively easy to use, it offers them a
wonderful way to disseminate information and teach others
new skills and ideas. Recently, two mathematical software
companies, Wolfram Research Inc.(makers of Mathematica and Math Reader)
and Waterloo Maple Inc.(makers of Maple and MathView), released new
"web-interactive" versions of their software applications. One of the
features both companies advertised about the new software was the web
capabilities they had. Since
the Web is such a great way to teach others mathematics,
especially if the tutoring could be interactive,
College's Mathematics and Statistics Department and the Math
Forum at Swarthmore College decided to initiate a project
that would determine exactly how these mathematical software
applications could be used for educational purposes on the Web.
This summer we had two distinct
goals to achieve with these mathematical
- First, we had to explore the web
capabilities of these programs. It was important that we
explored the software and determined on our own what
Mathematica, Maple, and MathView could accomplish.
- Second, once we determined these programs were capable
of, we put tutorials up on
the web to teach people certain mathematical concepts and how
the appropriate software application to incorporate
mathematics on their own web
pages and to introduce Mathematica, Maple, and MathView
to people for educational purposes.
Some other aims of the project
- To produce tutorial web
pages about making math web pages. By the end of the
summer the project members hoped to publish
tutorial web pages with simple instructions on how to use
Mathematica, Maple and MathView -- concentrating on
both teaching some mathematical concepts on the web using the software
and showing other people how to do the same.
- To come up with mathematics notebooks explaining mathematical
concepts and showing what the three software programs are capable of
- To find examples of math web
pages that had been authored using these programs. When writing up
the web pages, we wanted to provide links to
other information that may be useful to people who want to
use mathematical software on the web.