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 "webinteractive" 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, Swarthmore 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 software applications:
Some other aims of the project included:

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