This web page is a resource containing Java applets that support teaching of
undergraduate Mathematics. The development of this resource was supported by a
grant from LTSN Maths, Stats
& OR Network.
The page is under development at present. Please send any feedback to the
David Jordan, Department of
Pure Mathematics, Sheffield University.
Camilla Jordan, Staff Tutor in
Mathematics and Computing, The Open University in Yorkshire.
Java applets can aid the understanding of key concepts without students
having to learn how to use complex software. These applets are teaching tools
rather than replacements for mathematical software such as Maple or Mathematica.
They can be configured from the html file that loads them, in that the main
colours can be set, some choices about notation made and relevant sequences and
functions selected. The html source code will indicate how to carry out such
configuration. There will be worksheets (both on and off line) available for use
with some of the applets. Each applet will be associated with a downloadable
directory containing the html, class files and worksheet files (provided as both
.tex and .pdf files). At this stage we will not include the java source files.
Please email requests for these to the authors. The applets use the most recent
version of Java which means that some readers may need to download the Java
runtime environment plug-in (Java RE 1.4.2) from the Sun Developer Network
Site. The source files made use of the java source code developed by David J. Eck of the Department of
Mathematics and Computer Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva,
New York 14456, USA for parsing function expressions. For each applet, a zipped
folder, containing the configurable html file and all necessary class files, is
available to download.
We are interested in feedback. Please email us.