Thursday morning we took a before-lunch break to try out SimCalc - Simulations for Calculus Learning, the new software from MathWorlds designed to introduce students to concepts of change/calculus. We played with different activities that come with the program, but it is also possible to create your own simulations relatively easily. The simulations that come with the program are graphically interesting and fun as well as useful.
We spoke with one of the authors by telephone and had the opportunity to find out some inside information on the product. The software is free, and is available only for the MacIntosh until a publisher becomes involved. They plan to continue to write more simulations but they're also looking to work with the Math Forum and others to set up programs to support anyone wishing to author new activities. Please write to us and/or to Jeremy Roschelle of SimCalc with any questions, comments, or authoring interest.
They've done a good job of thinking about how students can represent concepts of change. It's a great piece of software and you can download it from http://www.simcalc.umassd.edu.
- Betsy Magness
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