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Working with your computer algebra system
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The Connected Curriculum Project is a coordinated effort to create interactive learning environments for a wide range of mathematics and mathematically-based applications. Our goal is to produce materials that combine the flexibility and connectivity of the Web with the power of computer algebra systems.

Most modules have been designed so that the benefits of both the web and a computer algebra system (which we often refer to as a helper application) can be utilized. All discussion will take place in the web page, and you will make calculations and record your observations in a worksheet for your preferred helper application. The materials are designed for constant interplay between web pages and your helper application worksheet! You will need to have one of the supported helper applications available on your machine, see the section on working with your computer algebra system. Throughout the module, navigation buttons are provided, see description of buttons.

Most users find that the materials are easiest to use when both the web pages and the helper application worksheet are visible side by side, as show below (with a module web page on the left and a Maple worksheet on the right).

Working with your computer algebra system

To use the modules effectively you will need one of the following helper applications installed on your system:

Mathcad, Version 6 or higher

Maple, Version 6 or higher

Mathematica, Version 4.0 or higher

Matlab, Version 5.1 or higher

When the button for your helper application (as shown above, or for a more recent version) appears on the Contents page of a module, the button links to a worksheet designed to be used with the module. Depending on the configuration of your browser, clicking on the helper application button will either lauch your helper application and load the file, or will cause your browser to prompt you to `Open' or `Save' the file. In the former case, you may need to specify the application (Mathcad, Maple, Mathematica) needed to open the file. In the latter case, saving the file to your disk will allow you to launch your helper application and load the file. The Matlab ".m" files for a given module are downloaded in an archive format -- follow the instructions for your computer on the Matlab download page.

Description of buttons

This site uses a consistent system of navigation. The buttons which appear in the module pages, and descriptions of their functions, are shown below. (Within a module, the functionality of the navigation buttons is duplicated in text links at the end of each page.)

Go to CCP Homepage Go to the homepage for the Connected Curriculum Project.
Go to the Materials Page, from which you can choose materials by format, subject and application. (If you click on this button now, while in the `Resources' side of the site, you will go to the Resources Page.)

Each module will use one of the following buttons to designate the subject area of the module.

Go to Precalculus Materials Precalculus
Go to Differential Calculus Materials Differential Calculus
Go to Integral Calculus Materials Integral Calculus
Go to Multivariable Calculus Materials Multivariable Calculus
Go to Differential Equations Materials Differential Equations
Go to Linear Algebra Materials Linear Algebra
Go to Engineering Mathematics Materials Engineering Mathematics

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